March 18, 2009

SOME THINGS ARE SO SELF-EVIDENTLY TRUE...:

Migrants still the lifeblood of economies (New Zealand Herald, Mar 19, 2009)

During fraught economic times, competition for jobs can have malign consequences. One of these is hostility to migrants, who are accused of stealing employment opportunities. Already, there has been evidence of this in Britain, with demonstrations outside oil refineries, and a reaction in Australia, where the migrant intake is to be slashed. Stirrings of a similar resentment have also begun in this country. It is to the Government's credit, therefore, that it has stated that not only will it not follow Australia's lead but it will make it easier for business and investor migrants to come here.

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman will be building on a repair exercise begun two years ago. This saw the previous Government removing obstacles placed in front of investor migrants in 2005 when it was spooked by an outbreak of Winston Peters-inspired anti-immigration sentiment.

The calamitous outcome was the almost total evaporation of investor migrants and their investment dollars. Now, Mr Coleman says that, within months, he intends to offer even greater encouragement by lowering English language requirements and bringing minimum investment levels to "more realistic levels".


...that their denial reveals much about the denier.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2009 12:08 PM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« IF WE'LL EMBARGO, FIREBOMB AND NUKE YOUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WILL WE NOT WATERBOARD YOUR MEN?: | Main | CLOSE THE CIRCLE: »