In the lead-up to the September 2017 general election, the New Zealand Labour Party launched a plan to reduce immigration by around a third in a bid to relieve chronic housing and infrastructure pressures (especially around Auckland):
…in recent years our population has been growing rapidly as record numbers of migrants arrive here. This has happened without the Government planning for the impact immigration is having on our country… This has contributed to the housing crisis, put pressure on hospitals and schools, and added to the congestion on roads…
Labour will… take a breather on immigration… In total, these changes are estimated to reduce net migration by 20,000-30,000. Without these changes there would be up to 10,000 more houses needed and up to 20,000 more vehicles on our roads annually.
Today, Statistics New Zealand released immigration data showing that net migration continues to boom:
In the year ended April 2019, annual net migration was provisionally estimated at 55,700 (± 900) compared with 49,600 in the previous year.
“Annual net migration has ranged between 48,000 and 64,000 since 2015, and remains at historically high levels,” Mr Islam said.
In the year ended April 2019, there were provisionally 149,200 migrant arrivals, up 7,400 from the year ended April 2018.
“Migrant arrivals are higher than when net migration peaked at almost 64,000 in the year ended July 2016,” Mr Islam said.
The Labour Government has also recently announced a bunch of measures to increase immigration into New Zealand, including:
- dramatically expanding access to lower-wage temporary migrant workers for New Zealand businesses;
- increasing foreign seasonal workers by over 3,000 to 16,000; and
- allowing 1,000 skilled migrants to bring their elderly parents into New Zealand.
Jacinda Adern has unambiguously broken her key election commitment to reduce immigration, while effectively declaring war on Labour’s traditional working class base.