Following the surprise announcement by John Key that he is stepping down as Prime Minister, the National Party will appoint a new leader [Bill English] to fight the 2017 election. After enjoying many years of stable government under the able leadership of Helen Clark and then John Key, the political scene in New Zealand is likely to become more uncertain.
While there are few short term investment implications, the new leader will need to set out clear long term policies on growth, immigration and infrastructure. (more…)
The National Government has done a great job at silencing criticism of immigration from the liberal-left. Until recently any mention of concern over the deluge of migrants coming into the country under various guises has been greeted with claims that critics are zenophobic or even racist. Thus the reactionary right in New Zealand First has been able to rattle the immigration cage by pointing out the volume of migrants we are receiving and the readily apparent truth that many of them don’t appear to be doing hugely skilled work.
It appears that the migration tap was opened up in late 2013. No justification or even an announcement was ever made- it simply happened. It is difficult to believe that this spike is simply a policy miscalculation and not politically directed. Over the three years to 30 June 2016 New Zealand had net migration of 166,000 people compared with net migration of just 9000 people for the three years before that. At least half this growth has been into Auckland which has of course exacerbated housing shortages and congestion in that city. (more…)
An “explosion” of immigrants is “crowding out” young Kiwis from available jobs, the Salvation Army says.
A report on youth unemployment by the army’s social policy analyst Alan Johnson, using Statistics NZ figures, says immigration of young people aged 15 to 24 has “exploded” from a net gain of 3217 in the year to June 2013 to a net gain of 22,064 in the latest June year.
Yet 74,100 young Kiwis aged 15 to 24 were not in employment, education or training (NEET) in the year to June - a number that has stalled since a drop from 87,000 in 2010 to 72,100 in 2014.
“The persistent numbers of 15 to 24-year-olds who remain outside of the workforce as total job numbers grow, and as young migrants enter New Zealand to take these jobs, suggest this immigration is crowding out more marginalised workers,” the report says.
It recommends tightening immigration rules further beyond last week’s Government decisions to raise the points required for granting residence to skilled migrants and close the parent category.
The Government has buckled to pressure and slashed immigration numbers.
For the next two years the effective cap on residencies granted will be cut by 5000 to a range of 85,000-95,000.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse stressed he still thinks the Government’s immigration settings are correct.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government is taking a responsible, pragmatic approach to managing immigration.”
And the Government has more than halved the number of places granted to capped family categories to 2000 per year - down from 5500. As part of this move the parent category will be closed to new applications. (more…)
British laws and traditions such as the celebration of Christmas are under threat and must be vigorously upheld to stop ethnic segregation dividing society, according to major government review.
Waves of immigration have rapidly changed the character of some state schools and left residents in parts of Britain feeling unsettled, the landmark report will say.
These issues must be tackled head on, rather than swept under the carpet by politically correct council officials who fear being labelled “racist” if they assert British values or raise concerns, it will say. (more…)
Following the release of figures which reveal almost four in ten children under five have foreign roots, Michael Paulwitz says the demographic change will be the death of Germany’s welfare state.
The journalist and historian predicts that “hard struggles” over resources will take place when ethnic Germans are a minority, and that native Germans “will inevitably lose out”.
Mr Paulwitz’ article follows the release on Friday of official figures from the Federal Statistics Office. While they show 21 per cent of the total population currently have a migrant background he notes that such people are disproportionately represented in the younger age cohorts.
One in three people aged under 18 who are resident in Germany have foreign roots, and the number jumps to 36 per cent among people under five.
This, he ominously points out, “allows one to appreciate where [Germany] is headed”. Mr Paulwitz points to the demographics of Berlin, where people with a migration background comprise 30 per cent of residents.
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