New Zealand needs to boost immigrant intake
The New Zealand Herald is campaigning for the government to attract more immigrants to the country, or risk damaging the economy. The popular newspaper said in an editorial that unless more is done to boost the number of immigrants now, New Zealand could find it harder to attract skilled workers in the future.
According to the 2013 census, there has been a 5.3 per cent increase in the population over the last seven years. This equates to annual growth of 0.7 per cent. This growth is around half what it was between 2001 and 2006.
The Herald is also concerned that the country’s population is ageing. The 2013 census shows the average age of a Kiwi is 38.0 years, a figure that is up two years on the previous census. More than 73,000 people are aged over 85 years. This is 29.4 per cent increase on 2006.
The number of young people has also dropped from 21.5 per cent of the population in 2006 to 20.4 per cent in 2013. This is a cause for concern because it will mean fewer people entering the job market.
Although most migrants still come from England, there has been a significant increase in the numbers entering New Zealand from Asian countries including China, India, Korea and the Philippines.
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