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Brain Drain Increasing

Brain Drain Increasing

Tuesday 21 May 2002 Richard Prebble Press Releases -- Immigration

Latest immigration figures show the loss of skilled New Zealanders increased during April, with 357 more skilled Kiwis leaving the country than arrived, ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

"The net loss of skilled people was 262 in March, and the April figures show the Brain Drain is increasing again.

"Also disturbing is the statistic that shows 5720 non-skilled people arrived in the country in April, compared with 3621 non-skilled departures - a net gain of 2099 non-skilled people.

"This statistic makes nonsense of the government's PR claim that they are upskilling New Zealand.

"Our immigration policy is dumbing down the nation," Mr Prebble said.

ENDS


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