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Big changes to New Zealand immigration policies will affect South Africans

The New Zealand government says that it plans to ‘reset’ its immigration policies when it reopens its borders, making it increasingly difficult for some workers to enter the country.

In a statement on Monday (17 May), the New Zealand government announced it would be narrowing pathways for those hoping to migrate and work in the country, particularly those it classed as ‘low-skill’ and low-wage workers.

It simultaneously announced new measures to attract rich investors, the Guardian reported. “When our borders fully open again, we can’t afford to simply turn on the tap to the previous immigration settings,” said tourism minister Stuart Nash.

“Covid-19 has starkly highlighted our reliance on migrant labour – particularly temporary migrant labour. The pressure we have seen on housing and infrastructure in recent years means we need to get ahead of population growth,” he said.

Nash said New Zealand had been moving to reduce its reliance on lower-skilled migrants…

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