Immigration settings


The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into what immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand’s long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

We encourage anybody with an interest to read our issues paper, consider the questions and participate by making a submission. Submissions on our issues paper and draft report (to be released in November) are welcomed by 24 December 2021.

Immigration settings


  • Our brief
    3 May 2021
  • Issues paper
    21 June 2021
  • Submissions welcome on issues paper
  • Preliminary findings and recommendations
    November 2021
  • Submissions welcome on preliminary findings
  • Submissions close 24 December 2021
  • Final report
    30 April 2022

Is New Zealand’s immigration system fit for the future? Have your say!

Issues paper immigrationWe would like your help to understand the New Zealand situation. The success of this inquiry relies on the input, knowledge, and advice from a broad range of sectors and communities.

Our issues paper lays out the key issues for this inquiry. We encourage anybody with an interest to read the issues paper, think about the questions and participate by making a submission or by getting in touch.

Your perspectives will help us to understand issues and identify useful research for us to make decisions and recommendations for change.

We encourage facts, figures, data, examples and documentation to be provided to support submissions. After receipt, submissions are published on this website to maintain transparency.

Submissions are welcomed by 24 December 2021, or earlier, to give the Commission time to consider the ideas and information it receives and incorporate them in its analysis.

The inquiry

Immigration makes a significant contribution to Aotearoa. This inquiry is taking a system-wide view of immigration settings, including looking at its effects on productivity and wellbeing. This includes things such as the impact of immigration on the labour market, housing and associated infrastructure, and the natural environment.

Find out more - read our brief from the Minister of Immigration and Minister of Finance here.

What's next?

The Commission will conduct research and engage with a broad and diverse range of groups and communities to inform this inquiry. Opinions, evidence, ideas and information will be sought from Māori and Pacific communities, migrant and ethnic communities, relevant government agencies, skills organisations, partners (the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi and Business New Zealand), and many others.

All submissions will be reviewed and considered. Our preliminary findings and recommendations will be released in November 2021 and a final report will be presented to Government in April 2022. Associated research will be released throughout the inquiry process.

Inquiry updates

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