Why New Zealand Needs Migrant Workers to Flourish

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Migrant Workers are Invaluable to Growth in New Zealand

Many of the proposed changes in New Zealand’s immigration policy are sensible and will make the country’s immigration system very much simplified. But there are those who are concerned that while the system would become easier to understand, it will become more complicated, tedious and expensive for companies to hire workers from other countries.

According to the provisions of the proposal, employers who want to recruit a migrant must first become accredited as an employer. This way, migrants will be treated well by their employers, and the government can be sure that employers adhere to the country’s employment law.

But then, if the accreditation process becomes difficult and complicated, limiting access to urgently needed labor, the majority of businesses — especially the small ones  — will not only become unsustainable but unable to grow.

Most of the talk surrounding the last election in the country as well as the support for the recent proposals to change the immigration policy has been revolving around how risky migration is to New Zealand.

Are foreigners truly taking jobs from New Zealanders?

The entire resentment for immigration is built around the presumption that foreigners are taking jobs from citizens of New Zealand, but the records do not have evidence that confirms this. New Zealanders have to drop the idea of recruiting a foreigner to fill a job position until a qualified New Zealander comes along.

New Zealand’s economy is advanced and as such, will always have shortages in labor in some areas, mostly in the rural areas.

Families from overseas who come to work on farms in New Zealand contribute remarkably to the diversity needed in the regions. This alone is more valuable than the impact their stay has on the labor force. The foreign workers pay tax to the government and have so many different ways they contribute to society.

Putting a ban on such useful immigration will not only affect businesses negatively but will deter communities from growing socially.

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