Reports from French Polynesia say the territorial government is drafting a bill aimed at protecting local employees by restricting the hiring of workers from France and other countries.
The daily newspaper La Depeche de Tahiti reports that a minimum residence duration would be introduced before employment could be taken up.
The paper says there are also plans to reserve some positions for locals in a bid to raise the profile and representation of French Polynesian people.
A bill to that effect may be tabled this year.
Another French Pacific territory, New Caledonia, has put in place such restrictions in response to concerns from indigenous Kanaks.