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Independent evaluation

Immigration settings


The Commission has completed its inquiry into what immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand's long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders. An independent evaluation has been carried out against our performance framework. This uses three external sources of feedback: an expert review, participant interviews and online survey. 


  • Our brief
    3 May 2021
  • Issues paper
    21 June 2021
  • Submissions welcome on issues paper
  • Preliminary findings and recommendations
    8 November 2021
  • Submissions welcome on preliminary findings
  • Submissions close 24 December 2021
  • Final report to Government
    30 April 2022
  • Public release
    31 May 2022
  • Independent evaluation
    September 2022
  • Government response

Expert review

Richard Bedford conducted an independent review and evaluation of the inquiry. His report is structured around the Commission's performance measures and is available to download here.

Focus group review

Three focus groups and structured interviews were carried out with 12 inquiry participants. The following report presents the results.

Online survey

100 inquiry participants responded to an online survey. The following report presents the results of the survey. All answers are anonymous.