Opinion

Immigration will be a tricky balancing act

Jem Traylen
Wed, 19 Jan 2022

Immigration will be a tricky balancing act
Time is running out on Kris Faafoi's plan to rebalance immigration settings while the border is closed. (Image: Getty)
Jem Traylen
Wed, 19 Jan 2022
Immigration is shaping up to be one of the key policy battlegrounds for 2022.The border closures exacerbated an already emerging skills shortage which is now driving wage growth and inflationary pressures.This in turn leaves the government’s reconnecting to the world timetable stuck between an economic rock and the hard place of emerging strains of covid that have already seen that timetable put on hold.Opposition leader Chris Luxon gets this – not only has he promoted immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford to the front bench, but...

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