New Zealand will rely on immigration
A new study suggests that population growth in New Zealand will be dependent on immigration with many people having multiple national identities. The Royal Society of New Zealand has studied data from sources including the 2013 Census. The study found that the country has a growing ageing population.
Between 2006 and 2013 Auckland accounted for around half of the population growth. However, population figures appear to be diminishing in more rural areas. The report looked at seven key Census themes including work, regional variation, families and households, migration, population growth and diversity.
Panel chairman Professor Gary Hawke said the point of the survey was to examine how New Zealand is evolving. He added that the findings should help to inform political discussion and policy debate.
Because citizens are living longer and remaining active into old age many will need to continue earning an income for longer. The employment structure is also changing with a heavier reliance on skilled workers coming into the country from overseas.
The report states that the growing diversity in employment will mean more precarious participation and less security. Sir David Skegg said the report should be in the hands of
not only decision makers but also the children who will be running the country in the future.
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