The government must step up its efforts to cater to the large arrivals of overseas immigrants to New Zealand as revealed by the survey of UMR poll in New Zealand.The majority of the participants were of the view that the New Zealand government was unprepared to the increase in population for the next few years and must improve facilities in areas of health services, transport, and housing.
David Talbot the research analyst for UMR said that more than 50% of the survey participants were of the opinion that New Zealand was not sufficiently prepared in the above-mentioned three areas, as quoted by the Radio NZ.
More than 35% of the survey respondents viewed immigration positively while less than 20% were of the negative view. Around 40% were unsure about their views on immigration. Even those who viewed immigration favorably raised strong concerns regarding the preparedness of the government for the inflow of immigrants over the next few years.
David Hall the researcher at AUT said that it was very crucial to segregate issues associated with immigration from the immigration itself. The arrival of overseas immigrants necessitates increasing infrastructure facilities such as housing and transport but it also results in enhancing the supplies as well as immigrants are a crucial part of the workforce too, added Hall. The association between these two aspects is always intricate than it appears to be. It was a similar trend in the UK in the surveys that were held prior to the Brexit referendum.
David Talbot also added that the people of New Zealand are not against immigration. They only intend that immigration is managed in a better way and currently it is being administered in an imbalanced manner, said Talbot.
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