The authors of this paper examine the new New Zealand government’s proposals for immigration in light of their latest research. They consider the new Government’s plans to reduce immigration are a welcome first step towards an immigration system that improves New Zealand’s wellbeing. “The new government has the opportunity not just to make short-term changes, but to build an enduring policy regime based on evidence, analysis and clear principles” they say. Migration policy is not easy, but the gains from getting it right are worth the effort. “We would encourage the government to develop an underlying migration policy framework that is directed not at short-term population targets or at growing GDP regardless of consequences, but at improving the wellbeing of all New Zealanders, old and new alike”.
Areas that could be improved are policies relating to skilled migrants, families, refugees and temporary migrants. The paper includes a table sketching the implications of a wellbeing economics framework for migration policy.
New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) 2017