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Christopher Luxon calls for Government to do more to attract migrants into New Zealand

News Hub, New Zealand, 13 April 2022 - Christopher Luxon says the Government needs to do more to attract skilled migrants to New Zealand to combat an expected exodus of Kiwis.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has warned at least 50,000 New Zealanders will leave over the next year as we reconnect with the world.

It comes amid nearly full employment and staff shortages across several sectors. Immigration issues have plagued the country during the COVID-19 pandemic with many migrant workers struggling to bring their families to the country with them.

Residency has also been an issue after the Government postponed selections for Expressions of Interest (EOI) - the first step to gaining residency.

Last year Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi opened the door to 165,000 skilled migrants. But they had to be on a listed work visa of essential skills, work to residence or open work visa, not a working holiday, partnership or student visa.

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Source: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/04/christopher-luxon-calls-for-government-to-do-more-to-attract-migrants-into-new-zealand.html

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