Incentives for immigrants moving to regional New Zealand
Labour has outlined plans to adjust the immigration points system to encourage more immigrants to move to regional New Zealand. Trevor Mallard, the party’s immigration spokesman, said encouraging workers to move to areas where there are labour shortages would take some of the pressure off Auckland.
He added that those who do move will also be given incentives to stay including an easier residency process. Employers involved in the Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme will also be required to pay an extra $1.25 on top of the minimum wage and provide accommodation under the plans.
In cases where a job offer is part of the reason a visa is given to an overseas worker, employers in industries where there are labour shortages will be required to pay a living wage of $18.80 after accommodation.
Labour also plans to increase to 1,000 the number of refugees entering New Zealand under the system created by the United Nations. Currently the figure stands at 750.
Recently Labour announced that it intends to review the visa system under the Investor and Investor Plus categories. A Ministerial Advisor Group would also be established to look into immigration issues concerning Pacific countries. The government recently made changes to its immigration policy that makes it more difficult for families from Pacific islands to join relatives living and working in New Zealand.
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