Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - – Ju­lian

What do you think about di­rect­ing new mi­grants to the re­gions? This week Pro­fes­sor Rex

Ah­dar from the Univer­sity of Otago said that this is a fea­si­ble op­tion to help rem­edy the crises of hous­ing, trans­port and jobs in Auck­land. Ah­dar ar­gues that if there is go­ing to be an open-door pol­icy on im­mi­grants, then we need the in­fra­struc­ture to deal with it.

Clearly Auck­land is al­ready bulging and I won­der how many po­ten­tial im­mi­grants think of mov­ing to any­where but our largest city.

Auck­land is mar­keted as the most at­trac­tive prospect.

But is there enough in­fra­struc­ture else­where for them? Def­i­nitely for skilled trades­men etc, but what about doc­tors and en­gi­neers? And if they were sent to Whanganui, Ti­maru, or wher­ever, how would we police it?

Or do we cut im­mi­gra­tion right back for the next few years?

Drop me a line at ju­lian.raethel@fair­fax­me­

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