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Rising Immigration figures cause anti-migrant sentiment

The number of migrants coming to New Zealand has hit 60,000 for the first time. Some politicians are already arguing that this increasing migration is causing high unemployment in the lower skilled job market. This means that those migrants seeking employment in the service sector such as supermarkets, service stations and hospitality industry may find it increasingly difficult to get both jobs and visas.

On Monday Statistics New Zealand said that in August the number of long term arrivals to New Zealand exceeded those leaving by 5470, raising annual net migration to 60,280, the highest number on record.

The largest source of migrants was from India (12,700), boosted by the relaxation of rules allowing visiting students to work part-time. However, Statistics New Zealand’s figures showed the real driver was lower migration of New Zealanders leaving to Australia due to the slowing economy across the ditch.

Strong migration has helped protect New Zealand from labour shortages – in particular in helping staff the Canterbury rebuild. However, some fear that now that our economy is also slowing, this migration may stoke unemployment.  There is a risk the unemployment rate could hit 7 per cent.

Migration is now becoming “a political hot potato”.  The NZ First party has long warned of the impacts of migration. Deputy leader Ron Mark said this Record migration is “Hitting Kiwi job seekers hard. The lower-skilled job market is highly competitive as can be seen by the number of foreign workers in supermarkets and service stations and in the hospitality industry.”

What this means for you?

This rising unemployment and hostile political climate means that Immigration New Zealand and WINZ will both start becoming more inflexible in the way they are assessing Labour Market Checks. There will be more New Zealanders registered with WINZ and available for work in these jobs.

It is also important to find a good job and get experience as soon as possible before the situation gets any worse for migrants. If you are lucky enough to have a good job already that will help you qualify for residence, then work hard and stay in this job.

This situation means it is now more important than ever to choose the right qualification and study path in order to get the right job and work experience to get you to your goal of residence. It is essential to plan your immigration path right from the outset so you do not become one of the casualties of the tightening policy.

Take the first step today by contacting Immigration Centre for a free assessment to start your personalised Immigration Plan on wellington@immigrationcentre.co.nz or 0800 967 584.

 

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