I hear in the news each week how small employers are seeking labour and suggest that more immigrants are the answer. I have relatives and friends whom also think immigrants are the answer to solve their labour shortage.
Here we are in NZ with a chronic shortage of houses to rent and buy at an affordable price because demand is so high and yet certain individuals are calling for more immigrants for the hospitality industry etc.
Every immigrant has to be housed! I am not opposed to highly qualified immigrants (they also need to be housed) but not baristas for Queenstown.
We still had something like 62,000 (down from 64,000 approx’ in 2017) permanent immigrants last year that all need to be housed.
Let’s reduce the level of immigrants for three to four years and give the housing industry a chance to catch up. It's not rocket science!
Wayne Keen, Pyes Pa