The New Zealand government will be doing a U-turn on proposed immigration cuts owing to a hostile response from the provinces and business sector. Bill English the Prime Minister of New Zealand said that there will be modifications done to the proposed immigration cuts.
The U-turn has come after hospitality, farming sectors and regional mayors informed the Government that the proposed amendments to immigration rules were slightly stringent. The Government of New Zealand had announced several changes to immigration rules in April 2017. This included a minimum salary of 49, 000 dollars for a skilled immigrant visa and a 3 year limit for low skilled immigrant workers. The visa rules for children and partners were also proposed to be made tougher.
Bill English the Prime Minister of New Zealand said that there was a monthly creation of 10,000 jobs. Workers are required to be employed in diverse sectors and keep the labor market functional. The proposed changes to immigration rules will be modified to suit the requirements of the job market, added Bill.
There is a strong demand for workers not just in Auckland but the regions as well, said the Prime Minister of New Zealand. The government has received feedback that there are abundant jobs in diverse sectors.
The employers are also doing their best to recruit local workers. But in spite of this, there are several vacancies and skill gaps, as quoted by the NZ Herald. Thus the businesses are concerned that the proposed changes to immigration rules could be slightly stringent, explained Bill.
Immigration has emerged as one of the chiefly debated issues in this year’s electoral campaign. Both the NZ First and Labor are assuring reducing immigration levels if voted to power.
The Green Party had also proposed a decrease in numbers of immigration. However, it is now re- looking this policy after criticism from the immigrant community.
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