New Zealand’s immigration rate, as a percentage of population, was the highest in the OECD(1) in 2016. With net immigration more than the population of Rotorua this year, NZ will have the highest rate of immigration in the OECD again in 2017. See the chart below:
Source: OECD 2015 data, updated for 2016(2)
Why is NZ’s immigration rate the highest in the developed world? In Auckland, or Christchurch, you see and meet many immigrants who can hardly speak English. Are they highly skilled employees NZ must have, to grow? Are they highly educated chemical engineers, or specialist lawyers, or similar? Some may be, but most aren’t. We ask … why? Many immigrants have hardly any skills – e.g. taxi drivers, gas attendants, and waiters. So, why does National bring them in? Because the government wants almost anyone to immigrate, to provide cheap labour for businesses, and to pretend the country is becoming richer. It is not – New Zealand has slow economic growth person, as we will show below.
Immigration reduces your wage or salary growth, as employers have more people to choose from.
It would help New Zealand most if the government brought in people New Zealand needs, not people who need us. National is not doing so at all; it believes “growth” is more important than the job and economic prospects of NZers. Bill English has said he think most NZers are on drugs or otherwise unfit to work. Lovely way to run a country – not. National has given up on New Zealand’s native people, opened the gates, and is handing the country over.
128,000 NZers are unemployed (source: Stats NZ(3)). We don’t believe none of them want to work, despite what Bill English thinks. National is not helping to train NZers. At what point will we stop importing people, and look inward to solve the issue rather than band-aid it?
We can remember when the population of NZ was two and a half million. Everybody had a job, everybody had a house to live in, and there was no traffic congestion. It was a great country to live in. Why is National trying to make NZ like every other overpopulated country in the world? Do you wonder why British people move here? One reason is because Britain is now very crowded – let’s not go the same way. If someone wants cities of 5 – 10 million people, they can choose London, Delhi, Guangdong, etc – they have many places they can choose to live in. Let’s not make another. Population growth is permanent; it can not be reversed. (Continued below).
Some people say it is good to have “multicultural diversity”. Sure, but we already have it. Each new culture gives something to NZ but not the subsequent arrivals. You can see there is a lack of integration already. There are whole suburbs of Auckland which are Indian, Chinese, or South African. Birds of a feather stick together. Despite what fantasists believe, cross cultural mixing is not common in reality. It is the same all around the world, e.g. Indians in Birmingham, Russians in Coney Island, and Lebanese in Cronulla.
Maori and Pakeha have always had their differences – but they were blended over more than a century to make New Zealand what it was, before the highest rate of immigration in the world began.
Other countries don’t willingly flood themselves with immigrants. One exception was Germany in 2015 – that quickly got clamped down, as Germans rebelled against it. No – try migrating to China, or the USA even – not easy. For example, Thailand is the opposite of NZ. Even with long term visas, foreigners cannot own property there and must report to immigration every 90 days.
What about economics? NZ has had a very low rate of economic growth per person over the last three years of high immigration. GDP growth per capita in NZ (growth in wealth per person) has been one of the lowest in the OECD. See the chart below:
Source: OECD, GDP growth per capita, 2014 – 2016 average(4)
The National government talks about total GDP growth, rather than GDP growth per person (which is what matters), to cover up its failure to improve productivity. Rather than educating and upskilling NZers, it just brings in more people to share the economic pie.
Some people say immigration is necessary to pay for our pensions. That idea is ridiculous, as the immigrants will also expect a pension. It’s a 1:1 relationship, a pyramid scheme if you will.
Continuance of National in government will not increase wealth per person significantly, as it hasn’t. Continuance of National in government will see native born NZers, of any race, compete more and more with new immigrants, who want jobs and houses. To the bleeding-heart liberals: Immigrants aren’t coming here to give us jobs, better businesses and food. They come to compete, to win jobs, to win customers, and to win auctions for houses for their families, who they will bring over. This is not time to be a Pollyanna. It will get worse, as it has in France and the UK. Maybe not next year, but one must think 10 or 20 years ahead to run a country.
As well-known NZ economist Michael Redell said recently: “Advocates consistently fail to show that New Zealanders have been benefiting [from very high immigration rates]. If the current policy is robust – benefiting New Zealanders – we need stronger evidence. Otherwise we should abandon our failed exceptionalism, and markedly cut back the target inflows.”
The only solution is to vote for another political party. NZ First, and maybe Labour, are the only real alternatives. Both political parties agree with the facts above, and plan to lower the immigration rate: 10,000 people per year for NZ First, and 50,000 for Labour … instead of more than 70,000 people every year under National (the size of Rotorua each year). If NZ has a lower immigration rate, it will be more in line with other countries. NZ has the highest immigration rate in the world, for no benefit to you – born and bred New Zealanders.
We are not anti-immigration. We are not racist – a comment made by some people who don’t think rationally. We have many good friends of many different races. We are against flooding the country with more and more people. We should only bring in people who add value, for jobs we can’t train Kiwis for, rather than unskilled labour with poor English skills, or skilled labour there is no demand for, both competing with New Zealanders.
Very high levels of immigration, skilled or unskilled, hurts you, economically and culturally. We can have immigration without extreme levels. Think of the long-term cultural and economic future of NZ, and vote NZ First (or perhaps Labour if you have other reasons, though their immigration policy is less clear). The time has come.
(1) The OECD is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a forum where the governments of 34 democracies with market economies work with each other.
(2) Source of immigration data: OECD, for 2015 data, which we updated for 2016 where data was available. We included the top 10 countries for immigration, plus the UK, Canada and Germany. Germany’s rate is lower than maybe expected as asylum seekers in 2016 were much lower than in 2015. We excluded Luxembourg, which is a city state only 82 km long and 57 km wide.
(3) Source of unemployment data: Stats NZ.
(4) Source of GDP growth per capita data: OECD.