By the end of June 2016, New Zealand Immigration had issued 200000 temporary work visas to foreign nationals. The figure shows an increase by almost 30,000 compared to the last year. The number of new residents rose by 20 per cent during the same period this year, to 52,000 people.
According to the Demographer, Paul Spoonley, the response to New Zealand immigration from foreign nationals is overwhelming. It is not clear whether the government is going to put any brakes on immigration influx or not!
He also said that New Zealand is receiving the highest number of immigrants; the flow is increasing at a rapid pace, and the aggregate of both temporary workers and students is growing swiftly. Employers also equally require a huge number of skilled workers to work in their industries.
In the last two years, New Zealand has granted 90,000 – 1, 00,000 residence visas to foreign nationals. New Zealand recorded unemployment rate of 5.2 percent during the first three months of this year.
The number of student visas to New Zealand crossed the 100,000 barrier and visitor visas to almost 600,000 people in the first quarter.