June Ranson, the Chairperson of New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment said that New Zealand needs more immigrants that allow maintaining steady economic growth. In response to the comments made by one of the Labor MP to cut down the permanent resident approvals, Ms. Ranson said that immigration is essential to counter problems associated with aging population and low birthrate.
Immigration is economic imperative for the New Zealand; the small-scale industries have the problem of aging population and low workforce. To deal with it New Zealand requires skilled workers who are qualified enough to work in its skill shortage industries.
New Zealand is undergoing the phase of growing pains, it is necessary to import skills which contribute growth and add great value to the economy. All the developed economies follow immigration as the strategy to boost growth. The perspective of advanced economies changed and they are using immigration as a tool to fill the skill shortages.