New Zealand's regional migration policy success being questioned

December 29, 2015
The soaring overall immigration statistics are hiding whether the New Zealand’s latest incentive policy for regional migration is working properly or not. As told by a researcher.

A total number of initial applications for the residence visas which were selected in the fortnightly ballot of New Zealand’s immigration department has increased by over a quarter in the previous three ballots of the year. 

New Zealand's regional migration policy success being questioned

The policy had tripled the bonus points for the skilled immigrants from 10 to 30 if they accept an employment offer outside of Auckland.

The New Zealand government has not increased the number of points needed overall ie 140 which means that additional individuals could now become entitled for the residence through the skilled migrant category.

As per Prof Spoonley, Massey University demographer, it was very early to know if the rise in the applications was related to the latest policy. Another thing which is making it hard to know is that the numbers keep on increasing. The number of individuals being accepted and the numbers who are arriving here have increased for the previous 16 months.

Prof Spoonley also said that the requirement of the policy, which is the stay of migrants in the region for one year, must be raised to three or five years.

In the month of July, this policy was announced, and as per Phil O Reilly, Business New Zealand chief executive, the New Zealand government will require to work with regions to makes sure sufficient job opportunities.

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