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Planning for prosperity: Transparent and public immigration targets

Date published

30 May 2022

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How can immigration policy make a greater contribution to the wellbeing of New Zealand?

The Productivity Commission asked NZIER to provide an analysis of some of the issues concerning governments taking a more strategic approach to immigration policy and administration through a government policy statement mechanism.

This report provides analysis on the following questions:

  • How could the government develop and then apply a GPS on immigration?
  • How could the government develop and then apply a GPS on immigration?
  • What is the capacity of the economy to absorb migrants?
  • How could target numbers of migrants be determined?

Read: Prosperity and planning: Transparent and public immigration targets

About: the Commission's immigration inquiry.



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