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|International migration to New Zealand historical themes and trends||4.76 MB|
The Productivity Commission has been asked by the government to examine New Zealand’s immigration system, and make recommendations that would best facilitate its contribution to long-term economic growth and the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Policy does not exist in a vacuum. It is the result of current political, economic and social pressures, but also historical trends and developments. In order to make recommendations about the future, it is important to understand the origins of current policy and the issues that this country has faced in the past.
This document aims to identify common or recurring themes in New Zealand’s immigration policy and key turning points, and answer the following questions of relevance to the inquiry: