Resetting The Immigration Reset

Published: Mon 26 Jul 2021 10:01 AM
“ACT would dump Labour’s ‘once in a generation’ immigration reset. Immigration reform may be needed in the future, but right now we need certainty,” say ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall and Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.
“ACT would signal a return to the pre-COVID immigration settings as soon as public health conditions allow,” says Dr McDowall.
“With the border closed, we would have expected Immigration New Zealand to improve its systems, clear backlogs, process relevant visas and prepare for a gradual reopening for when it was safe to do so.
“Instead, the system has stalled, waiting for the Government’s mysterious “once in a generation” immigration reset.
“The blind ideology of this Government is hurting families, business owners and our agriculture sector. It can’t continue.
“Labour politicians seem to believe that if they keep the borders closed it will drive up wages and get more Kiwis into work. It doesn’t work that way and in the meantime businesses are going to the wall, fruit has been left to rot on the ground, trees are unpruned, and families are separated.
“ACT would speed up residency for highly skilled persons by unfreezing the EOI queue immediately, and by resuming applications for those offshore.
“New Zealanders need certainty from their Government. Businesses, farmers and growers need to bring in the skills to grow, or in some cases even continue,” says Mr Cameron.
“That means Immigration New Zealand needs to be preparing for a return to normalcy. As New Zealand, and the world, becomes vaccinated, the opportunity to allow for greater flexibility at the border will increase.
“As a farmer, I know first-hand the struggles our rural sector is facing. We can’t get enough milkers, pickers, or pruners.
“ACT is committed to giving business and our agriculture sector certainty over skills shortages by returning to pre-COVID immigration settings when public health conditions allow for it.”

Next in New Zealand politics

New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
By: New Zealand Government
Ombudsman Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
By: Office of the Ombudsman
National Launches Back In Business Plan
By: New Zealand National Party
Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque – Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
By: Consumer NZ
Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws
By: Green Party
Prime Minister NZ UK FTA Opening Remarks
By: Office of the Prime Minister
UK And New Zealand Agree Historic Trade Deal
By: British High Commission
Time To Stop The Hunger Games
By: ACT New Zealand
National’s Plan To Support Tourism, Hospitality And Events Businesses
By: New Zealand National Party
Fiscal Discipline Must Underpin Recovery
By: New Zealand National Party
National’s Plan Will Lift The Burden On Business
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media