22 Feb 2018

Cook Islands Subchiefs call for tighter immigration

From , 6:04 am on 22 February 2018

Subchiefs in the Cook Islands are calling for the government to tighten immigration and permanent residency rules.

The Koutu Nui organisation has expressed alarm at the increasing number of foreigners and migrant workers who decide to stay in the Cook Islands permanently.

Its president, Paul Allsworth, says the call is a response to local fear about erosion of the Cooks' indigenous culture.

He told Jamie Tahana the organisation has submitted its concerns to the government, which has promised to consider them.

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