New Zealand must prepare for population explosion in Pacific
An explosion in the population of the Pacific Islands could have a huge impact on New Zealand, reveals an official report.
In an effort to manage issues relating to employment and immigration, the Australian and New Zealand Governments have assigned a report about the population rise in the Pacific region, reveals the website TVNZ.
Last year the population in the Pacific was about 10 million, but is predicted to increase to 18 million by 2050, reveals the report by the Population Movement in the Pacific: A Perspective on Future Prospects.
Richard Bedford and Graeme Hugo, who are both authors, have cautioned politicians and policy-makers of both Australia and New Zealand that they must consider the best way to cope with increasing urbanisation, especially in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon islands.
The authors have advised immigration officials to expect a flood of visa applications over the next 20 years from Pacific Islanders seeking work. Barbara Dreaver, ONE News Pacific correspondent, said that a boost in the population would cause big problems in the area, including higher rates of HIV infection as well as unemployment. She added that the working age population will “absolutely explode.” She added that New Zealand needs " wake-up call when it comes to Melanesia.
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