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.
The latest immigration data from Statistics New Zealand revealed that the Labour Government has failed miserably in fulfilling this promise, with net migration continuing to boom driven by record high arrivals:
Yesterday, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released data revealing that a total of 475,920 people were in New Zealand on work, residence or student visas at the end of October, comprising almost 10% of the total population and up 3.6% compared to the same time last year:
The Government approved 34,221 work, residence and student visas in October, up 10.4% compared to October last year…
According to MBIE, a total of 475,920 people were in this country on work, residence or student visas at the end of October, almost 10% of the total population and up 3.6% compared to the same time last year.
That included 202,917 people on work visas,187,164 on residence visas and 85,839 on student visas.
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.