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Figures Confirm Immigration Folly

2 April 2008

Figures Confirm Immigration Folly

The folly of New Zealand’s “open door” immigration policies is reflected in the latest population projections, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader Peter Brown.

Mr Brown was commenting on Statistics New Zealand’s latest figures that show a rapid increase in the Asian population from 400,000 in 2006 to 790,000 in 2026. In 2026, 16 per cent of the population is projected to be ethnic Asian.

“The rapid rise in the Asian population is driven mainly by immigration and both National and Labour are equally culpable.

“New Zealand First has warned over a long time that the face of New Zealand is changing without a coherent population policy and without consultation with the people.

“No other country follows blind policies of importing people and exporting jobs like New Zealand and it is time this foolishness was ended for the sake of the people who live here now.”

Mr Brown said he was particularly concerned that the Asian population threatened to eventually outnumber Maori.

“It’s a bit rich when the original inhabitants get shoved further down the pile because successive governments keep throwing the doors open to New Zealand.

“The matter is serious. If we continue this open door policy there is real danger we will be inundated with people who have no intention of integrating into our society. The greater the number, the greater the risk. They will form their own mini-societies to the detriment of integration and that will lead to division, friction and resentment.

“This country deserves better than that,” concluded Mr Brown.

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