Another British Migrant May Be Forced To Leave NZ

It looks as if there is evidence that the colloquially named “Jobs for kiwis” policy may still be being implemented in New Zealand. A highly regarded British employee may be forced to leave the country because his work permit may not be renewed despite his employer being unable to find someone to fill the post. This is from an article by Rhonda Markby in the Timaru Herald

Boss can’t find worker to replace Brit

Timaru businessman Stuart Cushing has not found himself a new employee.

And his former employee, a man he would happily still be employing, still hopes to convince Immigration Services he should not have to leave New Zealand. The problems started for Mr Cushing and his employee of one year, Robin White, a month ago when Mr White was told his year-long work permit would not be renewed. Mr White and his family came to New Zealand from Britain for the start of what they expected to be a new life.

Mr Cushing had advertised a job vacancy, Mr White had applied, and the pair had worked together successfully.The problems started when Mr White applied for his work permit to be extended.
It was not renewed as the Immigration Service believed there were New Zealanders available to take up the position, which involved carrying out building alterations for those with disabilities.
Winz has been unable to find a suitable employee for Mr Cushing.

He then advertised the vacancy, but of the four or five who applied, none wanted to work fulltime. As Mr Cushing does not have all the skills required to carry out the alterations himself, he is considering closing his company.

Mr White has contacted Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew and Immigration Services to investigate options that would enable him to get a new work permit. That permit would also allow his family to remain in New Zealand after January 20.”

Another article by the same reporter “Temporary visa gives no guarantee” adds the following information:

Though about 30 per cent of all temporary workers gained permanent residency within five years, only 22 per cent of temporary workers from Britain did so. “

Head of Immigration New Zealand is reported as having said:

The service’s policy had always been based on ensuring New Zealanders had the first opportunity to fill job vacancies.”

But, as we’ve maintained before, if Kiwis were available/willing/able to do the work migrants would not have been brought in to New Zealand in the first place. Why force out gainfully employed migrants to free up their jobs for New Zealander’s?

How important is migration to the NZ economy? the words “life and blood” immediately spring to mind. In a recent conference on the Economic Impact of Migration in New Zealand Jonathan Coleman said

If we closed off immigration entirely the consequences for our economy would be profound. Without current levels of inward migration, within 15 years, both our population base and economy would shrink dramatically. The statistics speak for themselves.

By 2021, our population would drop by 9.6 per cent.

Our GDP would drop by 11.3 per cent.

There would be a 10.9 per cent drop in the available labour force.

The export sector would be savaged with volumes dropping by 12.9 per cent.

And to complete the picture, GDP per capita would fall by 1.8 percent – $1,000 for every man woman and child in New Zealand.

That is a frightening picture of a blighted future that illustrates in the starkest terms why immigration matters. If any doubts about this still persist, they must surely be extinguished by the findings of this very important report…” read more here

So why take such a hard line on forcing migrant out of stable and secure jobs as their permits expire? on the off chance that there may be a New Zealander somewhere in the country that may fancy having a stab at doing it?

For posts about other migrants similarly affected see label : Jobs for Kiwis
See also:
Migrants’ Tales – excerpts from migrant accounts about the issues they face in NZ and a UK Daily Mail article “Expat’s paradise lost in NZ’s job crisis

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