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Issues paper - Immigration, productivity and wellbeing

Cover for immigration inquiry issues paper

New Zealand Productivity Commission

Date published

1 June 2021

New Zealand has experienced some of the fastest population growth in the OECD, based in large part on international immigration, and migrant labour plays a significant role in many New Zealand firms and industries.

The closure of the border in response to COVID-19 has raised some fundamental questions: Is our immigration system providing the best social, economic and environmental returns for New Zealand? Would different policy settings better promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders?

The Productivity Commission has released an Issues Paper for public consultation. 


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