Opportunistic individuals ranging from Nigerian drug dealers to Indian students are gaming an under-resourced immigration system to obtain New Zealand visas, according to intelligence reports. Teuila Fuatai reports.
News in brief in our political economy on Monday included,
New Zealand's annual net migration continued to slow in April as more non-New Zealanders left the country, though the number of immigrants rose.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has brushed off concerns about Chinese aid following a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying grants and loans from the Asian superpower are “all out in the open”.
In today's email we looked at the latest stats on migration and business confidence, and asked whether 16 year olds should be able to vote.
In this morning's email we detailed the Government's planned inquiry into abuse of both migrant workers and international students.
The Government is preparing to launch an official inquiry into abuse of migrants and international students, but the possible fixes could force Labour to make some economically uncomfortable choices for the international education industry and many small businesses.
In today's email we looked at Labour's immigration dummy pass, and discuss the likelihood of bipartisan agreement on Ardern's Child Poverty Reduction Bill (amid questions over whether Bill English will be around to come to such an agreement).
After an election campaign stoked by immigration fears from both Labour and New Zealand First, the coalition partner’s stance on the topic appears to be softening. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
1. Will Labour wait for a natural migration fall?