Industrious Indians would welcome the change

Policy changes introduced by the National Government last month favour migrants who are able to demonstrate financial ability to support their parents. They also favour parents with the means to support themselves. Therefore, these policy changes may gain the acceptance of a majority of Indian migrants to this country. The Government was forced to make changes to the Family Parent…

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Unfair immigration policy hits common people

New Zealand’s ethnic and migrant communities are anguished and disappointed over the Government’s sudden policy changes. Immigration Minister Nathan Guy announced the changes, giving applicants only three days’ notice. It has been disheartening over the last two weeks to attend and listen to the legitimate concerns of people, who believe that they have been unfairly treated. Such a short time…

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Ethnic businesses foster economic strength

Businesses owned and operated by ethnic communities and by immigrants are significant to economy recovery and growth in the export sector, a leading banker said at an international conference held in Auckland on May 18. ANZ Managing Director (Business Banking) Fred Ohlsson said ethnic businesses had strong roots in their countries of origin. “This sets them apart from many other…

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Research focuses on Asian migrants

A research project pursued by University of Otago would be useful for policy initiatives, demographic analysis, studies on social behaviour and for businesses to align their product and marketing strategies. The ‘Asian Migrations Research Theme,’ comprises a number of academics, including Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie, Dr Jacob Edmond and Professor Henry Johnson as directors. Ms Leckie said that the project…

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