Do we need more beneficiaries?

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.

2 Responses to Do we need more beneficiaries?

  1. JC says:

    Several economists have mentioned that NZ has had about the highest in migration of just about any country over the last 20 years and that this has had a negative impact on the economy.

    That may be, but it seems to me that when a country’s “corner shops” are mostly staffed by Indians, Chinese and Koreans we should look at whats happening to the children of these owners.. and perhaps note that there’s an awful lot on entrepreneurs, doctors and scientists building up there..

    Thats the good side of a relatively loose migration policy, but right now it would be good to lose a bit of the pressure in housing etc and be a bit more selective. Meantime, I expect we’ll get a dividend or two from those sons and daughters.



  2. homepaddock says:

    JC – your point about the offspring is a good one.

    We were at an Auckland University graduation ceremony a few years ago. Many of the grads were the chidlren of immigrants, the parents we spoke to were bursting with pride that their children had made the most of opportunities they hadn’t been able to have.


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