ACT proposes free movement with Britain, Australia, and Canada

Britain’s revision of immigration settings is a chance to propose a free movement zone, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“We can’t stand by and let the traditional Kiwi OE be put at risk,” says Mr Seymour.

“Successful nations like Britain and New Zealand shouldn’t be putting up walls and shutting off from each other when it’s the exchange of ideas that has made our nations so prosperous.

On Islam and immigration

With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration.  While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced by Europe and the US.

ACT welcomes tolerant refugees

ACT supports the increase in the refugee quota, but believes the Government should do more to ensure those arriving in New Zealand share our peaceful values.

“This level of increase is very close to where we would be if we had followed ACT’s policy of increasing the quota in line with our growing population,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.  “It will make a huge difference in the lives of these individuals, who have the potential to contribute greatly to this country.

Good politics, poor policy

“Funnelling immigrants into the regions through adjustments of our points system may be good politics, but it’s poor policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The policy is clearly intended to release pressure on Auckland housing, but it only adds to a long list of piecemeal policy tinkering that avoids the comprehensive RMA reforms needed to free up Auckland’s inflexible housing supply.