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UNITED Policy - Immigration

Published: Fri 28 Apr 2000 09:56 AM
UNITED Policy
Immigration
A strategically balanced immigration policy offers an opportunity to not only provide New Zealanders with a sound immigration plan, but to also integrate the policy with other strands of economic and social policy.
United New Zealand is committed to a policy which gives certainty to immigrants and provide a mutual benefit for them and existing citizens.
Immigration should be seen as entirely positive and beneficial. We must have faith that our immigration policies are fair, objective and sustainable.
UNITED WILL:
Set a minimum of 50,000 immigration approvals per annum to achieve a nett immigration gain of 10,000 per annum.
Provide right of entry to any person who has a parent born in New Zealand.
Remove the present restrictive and discriminatory English language test and replace it with a standard English test specified by their employer.
Make additional English as a Second Language (ESL) resources available for schools on the basis of need.
Devise new, comprehensive immigrant settlement programmes, in consultation with the Federation of Ethnic Councils.
Revitalise the Migrant and Ethnic Affairs Service (within the Department of Internal Affairs) to work with the Federation of Ethnic Councils and other migrant groups to provide policy and advocacy for immigrants.
Establish a one-stop Migrant Business Development Agency within the Immigration Service and provide additional resources to the Immigration Service, especially in Auckland.
Form a trained, ready-response refugee team that can fly at short notice to the location of a refugee crisis and apply pre-set criteria to fill New Zealand’s quota.
A minimum of 50,000 immigration approvals per annum.
Additional English as a Second Language (ESL) resources available.
Comprehensive immigrant settlement programmes in co-operation with the Federation of Ethnic Councils.
A Migrant Business Development Agency.
Additional resources to Immigration Service in Auckland.
A trained, ready-response refugee team to attend the location of any refugee crisis.

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