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Impacts of immigration on the labour market and productivity

Cover Impacts of immigration on the labour market and productivity

New Zealand Productivity Commission

Date published

8 November 2021

This report describes the role that migrants have recently been filling in the New Zealand labour market (Chapter 1). Chapter 2 canvasses perspectives on the labour-market and productivity benefits and harms of employing migrant workers. The report then looks at evidence on the impacts of immigration on the labour market outcomes of New Zealanders (Chapter 3) and on productivity (Chapter 4). Chapter 5 briefly describes the role of immigration in a few selected industries to fill out the picture presented in the previous chapters.

An Appendix sets out more detailed information on the distribution of temporary and recent permanent immigrants across industries, and how this changed between 2012 and 2019, using data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Migration Employment Dataset.

This report is a supplementary report to the Commission’s draft report for its immigration inquiry. It will be revised and updated to support the final report, which will be released in April 2022.

About the Commission's immigration inquiry.



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