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ACT Immigration Policy

Goals

  • To attract back to New Zealand, able and productive former New Zealand citizens.
  • To attract able and productive immigrants.
  • To retain able and productive New Zealanders.

Background

  • Immigrants bring new hopes, new ideas, skills and entrepreneurial attitudes.
  • They challenge our way of doing things, they wake us up.
  • They provide links with markets.
  • They bring cultural enrichment and diversity.
  • They strengthen the All Blacks.
  • Immigration has exposed weaknesses in our occupational licensing arrangements, employment laws, schools, housing and welfare systems.
  • Migration is a good barometer of New Zealand's attractiveness, however New Zealand has become less attractive during the last decade.

Principles

  • Policies that promote the prosperity of New Zealanders at large will also best turn migration outflows to inflows.
  • We should be aiming for net inflows of around 30-40,000 persons per year.
  • We should be aiming to attract the ablest and most productive people (while making allowance for refugees, and family reunion cases).
  • Immigrants must not have easy access to welfare.
  • There should be no special government privileges for immigrants - these are a recipe for multicultural strife.
  • It is essential to reduce employment law barriers, including addressing issues of anti-competitive occupational licensing arrangements.
  • The education system should be able to respond more freely to any language problems arising from immigration.
  • Private agencies - banks, lawyers, real estate agents, cultural and ethnic associations and the like - are best able to ease the transition of immigrants.
  • New Zealand cannot afford the politics of envy. Labour's 'soak-the-rich' policy of raising the top income tax rate provides our best and brightest with yet another reason for emigrating, while making us less attractive to skilled immigrants.
  • The points system for determining eligibility is superior to earlier approaches.
  • Immigration consultants should not be required to be licensed.
  • Governments should not try to control the geographical spread of immigration.

Policy Detail

  • Cut tax rates in order to make New Zealand a more attractive place to live
  • Cap the tax burden of the highest-earning individuals to attract talented entrepreneurs, and others with valuable international connections, and to retain New Zealanders who would otherwise leave.
  • Reduce occupational licensing as a barrier to the use of immigrants' skills.
  • Adopt other immigrant welcoming policies within an overall annual quota set at a level that the country can absorb.
  • Introduce a five year probation period during which immigrants who offend can be sent home if convicted of an imprisonable offence.