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Support for unrestricted Commonwealth movement

Posted on 25 Mar at 5 AM Tags: New Zealand Visa, Working in New Zealand, Property,

An online petition suggests that the majority of people would support a system that would allow free movement between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

However, the complications of such a system would have to go further than simply doing away with restrictions on work permits and visas.

A poll set up by the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation found that around 90 per cent of the 63,000 respondents would be in favour of unrestricted movement between the four countries, which have similar linguistic, historic, cultural and political ties.

However, experts are doubtful that such a radical system will be introduced any time soon. Among the details that would have to be hammered out would be whether citizens would automatically gain full citizenship rights and permanent resident status in the country they move to, or whether they would simply be granted the right to live and work indefinitely in their adopted country

Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation executive director James Skinner is more positive about an agreement being reached. He explained that as well as the support for such a system being overwhelming, the freedom of movement agreement would be similar to the system already established between Australia and New Zealand and within the European Union.

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