Peter Robinson a New Zealand lawyer has demanded a regional approach to immigration and abandoning the existing universal system based on Auckland. Mr. Robinson has 28 years of experience in the field of immigration and raised these concerns with Michael Woodhouse the Immigration Minister. The discussion was a part of the review of immigration system by the government of New Zealand, as quoted by the NZ Herald.
Elaborating on the changed approach to immigration based on the regions, Mr. Robinson said that the emphasis will benefit the community and the regions. This will be a departure from the existing approach to immigration that rates immigrants as unskilled or skilled, added the lawyer.
The labor market needs of the regions are quite diverse when compared with that of cities like Auckland. In the urban regions, most of the work is based out of offices. On the other hand, the needs of the regions are in the agriculture, forestry, and production.
The changed approach to immigration is the need of the hour as several businesses are dependent on immigrant workers in New Zealand. Immigrant workers cater to skill gaps in the labor market and do not deprive the local talents of jobs, said Robinson. Employers are really finding it tough to cater to skill gaps in the labor market.
The shortage of skills is present in all trades. There are skills gaps in hospitality, hotel and fashion industry that demand certain level of prior work experience, said the New Zealand lawyer. He added that it is hoped from the Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse that he will change the New Zealand’s approach to immigration which will cater to regional needs.
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