Increase in the number of New Zealanders working in Britain
Recently published figures indicate that more New Zealand and Australian nationals are choosing to leave their home countries to find work in the UK. The increase in numbers comes despite fears that too many people are being excluded by strict visa restrictions.
The latest data shows that 91,000 workers from New Zealand and Australia have found jobs in Britain. This is an increase of 9 per cent on the numbers working in the UK in 2013. There have recently been debates about how it has become more difficult for Commonwealth citizens to obtain work visas for the UK.
The Commonwealth Exchange, a think tank, said last year that visa restrictions were directly responsible for a drop off over the past decade in the number of New Zealand and Australian migrants crossing the border for work.
Andrew Rosindell, UK Conservative MP, supported the findings. He argues that it is easier for Europeans to enter the UK than migrants from Commonwealth nations and has called for urgent reforms to be made to the system.
The Commonwealth Exchange report has also been backed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The paper has called for the rules to be eased and for a system similar to the Australian and New Zealand Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement to be implemented.
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