A past Waitaki District Council made a concerted attempt to lure Aucklanders south with the promise of far cheaper housing.
More than one constituent questioned the value of people likely to be enticed by that.
They pointed out that these weren’t necessarily the ones who would provide most benefit to the social and economic fabric of the District. One new business which would create more jobs would almost certainly be better than a greater number of poor people.
This principle also applies to the country.
What sort of immigrants do we need most?
Those with skills, who can support themselves and any dependents and who can make a positive contribution to our society and economy?
Or ones who are likely to end up in need of state assistance?
I’m the daughter of an immigrant and support immigration, but I don’t understand why people are upset at the thought that would-be immigrants who are unskilled, less likely to get work and more likely to end up on benefits won’t find it as easy to come here.