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National unprepared as immigration runs four times faster

National unprepared as immigration runs four times faster than forecast

National has been caught asleep at the wheel by record immigration that has outstripped Budget forecasts, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“New Zealand is a vibrant modern multicultural society and we have been made all the richer for immigration. But National has not kept up with the infrastructure, housing, and public services we need to handle the current record level of immigration.

“We have always managed immigration to balance getting the skills we need with our capacity to cope with an increasing population – but National has taken its eye off the ball. It’s time for a fresh approach; it’s time to take a breather.

“Four years ago, the Budget projected net immigration of 37,000 people from 2013 to 2016; the actual figure was 173,000. National had no plan in place for those extra 130,000 people - they were caught napping. Budget after Budget, they have just assumed that immigration would fall back to sustainable levels automatically. Instead, immigration has continued to break records month after month.

“National’s failure to plan for immigration means New Zealand has needed an extra 40,000 houses more than expected in the last four years. While National has been cutting back on funding for infrastructure and public services, there have been more cars on the roads, more kids in school, and more people going to the doctor or hospital than forecast.

“The housing crisis, congestion, over-crowded schools and hospitals are all a result of a National Government that has cut back on investment while failing to prepare for record immigration. Labour’s fresh approach will increase investment in housing, infrastructure, and public services, while making moderate and sensible reforms to ease pressure from immigration,” says Andrew Little.

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