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South Waikato News - - Out & About - Na­tional Im­mi­gra­tion:

Mi­grants make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the New Zealand econ­omy, and our re­gional econ­omy. There is no magic num­ber when it comes to im­mi­gra­tion. The Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted en­sur­ing our im­mi­gra­tion set­tings strike the right bal­ance be­tween en­sur­ing New Zealan­ders are at the front of the queue for jobs and al­low­ing mi­grants to fill gen­uine labour or skill short­ages. Re­strict­ing the num­ber of mi­grants would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on many of our lo­cal in­dus­tries, such as agri­cul­ture, and the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor. We want in­dus­tries like farm­ing to be able to grow, which is why em­ploy­ers will con­tinue to be able to hire mi­grant labour if they can prove there are no New Zealan­ders avail­able to do the job. But we also want to en­sure that the con­di­tions un­der which mi­grants are com­ing to New Zealand are clear. We’ve made a num­ber of changes to re­spon­si­bly man­age im­mi­gra­tion de­mand and bet­ter con­trol the num­ber and skill level of mi­grants com­ing to New Zealand. We’re

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