Michael Woodhouse the Immigration Minister of New Zealand has applauded the Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme of the nation for overseas immigrants. He expressed these views in a conference analyzing the pros and cons of this scheme launched 10 years ago.
Speaking at the Blenheim conference the Immigration Minister of New Zealand admired this scheme for immigrants. He said that Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme had accentuated the growth of the viticulture and horticulture sectors. Michael Woodhouse added that 82% of the employers utilizing this scheme had expanded their area of cultivation. The employers also agreed that the scheme was a big factor for this expansion, explained the Immigration Minister of New Zealand.
Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme offers short-term visas to overseas workers to be employed in the orchards and vineyards in New Zealand. However, a section of the employers utilizing the RSE had let down these sectors, said Immigration Minister of New Zealand.
Mr. Woodhouse said that the New Zealand government was taking action against employers utilizing the RSE and violating laws. He said that employers who are violating immigration and employment laws are being prevented from hiring immigrant workers. The number of such firms is 53, added Mr. Woodhouse, as quoted by the Radio NZ.
The Immigration Minister of New Zealand said that only four of these 53 firms belonged to the viticulture and horticulture sectors. He also added that there has been an increase in the number of negative incidents pertaining to RSE employees. 40 such cases have been reported this year, said the Immigration Minister.
He, however, clarified that this must be analyzed against the total number of immigrants arriving in New Zealand annually. The current annual arrival of immigrants to New Zealand stands at 10,500.
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