21 Dec 2020

NZ at risk of losing skilled labour due to family separations

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 21 December 2020
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There are concerns New Zealand will lose skilled migrant labour if employees aren't able to bring their families into the country as planned. The pandemic closed borders in March, with restrictions on who could enter if they weren't New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. Some exemptions have been made, including for film and America's Cup crew and their families. That's irked migrants, whose families can't join them. Their employers worry skilled employees will leave if the situation doesn't change. Kathryn talks to Marius Weyers, who hasn't seen his youngest child since she was 2 months old,  IntoNZ immigration consultant Katy Armstrong and Palace Software part-owner Mandy Welch, whose employee's family had all the paperwork to live and work here - but had flights booked four days after the border shut.

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