Immigration settings


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

We will be releasing further information in due course with specific questions and areas on which we seek public feedback submissions. In the meantime, we welcome information and comment on any issues that participants consider relevant to the inquiry’s terms of reference.

Immigration settings


  • Our brief
    3 May 2021
  • Final report
    30 April 2022

The inquiry

Immigration makes a significant contribution to the economy of Aotearoa and to our nation’s productivity and wellbeing. This inquiry will take a system-wide view of immigration settings, including looking at 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.

We will be releasing a document in due course with specific questions and areas on which we seek public feedback. We invite facts, figures, data, examples and documentation to be provided to support submissions. After receipt, submissions are published on this website to maintain transparency.

Inquiry updates

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