Immigration: race to the bottom

Immigration is the latest touchstone on which politicians will rest their political fortunes and the debate this week turned very ugly, unbefitting of those involved.

Net immigration continues to reach new highs and although there may be a levelling off soon, if forecasts are to be believed, current numbers will be maintained through next year.

There are several reasons for the continuation in immigration, not  least being the strength of the New Zealand economy as the Australian economy continues to struggle in places.

Australia went from a mining boom in the west to an economy based on the service areas along the east and southern coasts and cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Economic growth is rising in Australia, but not fast enough to stop many thousands of New Zealanders returning home for jobs and lifestyle.

Immigration: race to the bottom

New Zealand went from a struggling economy to one in which construction is booming, mainly because of natural disasters. The Canterbury rebuild, struggling Auckland infrastructure and the need to build thousands upon thousands of houses demanded rising numbers of engineers and construction workers.

Because of the way the New Zealand economy had been previously structured, the country was in no way prepared to provide anywhere near the number of workers needed for the huge rebuilding and construction projects. Many of those required workers had moved to Australia to take part in the mining boom.

The difficulty politicians now have is how to cope with the rising number of immigrants. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been outspoken for many years about immigrants taking the jobs of Kiwis. This week he reached a new low when he singled out two journalists by name and ethnicity for criticism about their use of migrant data.

But Mr Peters has been allowed to reach this particular low point with the help of vague statements made by National and Labour. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse intends reworking the criteria for skilled migrants to be allowed entry into New Zealand.

Labour previously caused controversy when it highlighted the large number of Chinese-sounding names on a list of 4000 residential purchases in Auckland, allowing Mr Peters to move even more to the extreme.

Labour leader Andrew Little is now going to wipe thousands off the immigration list but will not say how he can do that without hurting the employers who rely on those very people for survival.

The situation has got out of control and New Zealanders need to have their voices heard. As a nation, we cannot allow immigrants to become targets of hate.

The 130,000 or so New Zealanders unemployed are not going to take many of the jobs on offer unless they retrain, and therein lies the crux of the matter. Without immigrant labour, the Christchurch rebuild would have struggled. New Zealanders are not trained, or do not want to train, for some of the toughest jobs. The job market is buoyant and New Zealand has a low unemployment rate. Wage inflation is negligible because of the number of unfilled jobs.

In the South, high-tech companies need the best and brightest to move here and take up some of the jobs on offer. Currently, some Kiwis have returned to  jobs in the thriving tourism businesses. Some are moving to Central Otago to establish their own micro businesses. But we need more. The Otago Chamber of Commerce rightly identified politicians are making New Zealand sound a very unwelcome place.

Politicians have a started a race to the bottom on immigration, buoyed somewhat by events overseas including the election of United States President Donald Trump, and a general move to the right in Europe and the United Kingdom.

This is not just an Auckland problem. It is a problem for all of New Zealand. There are regions crying out for workers but unless immigrants can be encouraged out of Auckland, the economy will become further unbalanced. That is the debate we should be having. Source: odt


New Immigration Scheme for Ottawa (OINP)

New Immigration Scheme for Ottawa (OINP)

Canadian Immigration is the most favorite destination for the immigrants. There are ten provinces and three territories which offer Provincial Nominee Programs. If you possess the certain set of requirements then you are eligible to apply.

Ottawa is the most attractive province of Canada. This province is high ranked in job generating provinces. New immigration stream is started form April 1st, 2013. This stream is now very popular worldwide. If you are a businessman or an industrialist then you can avail this opportunity.

This is also called as Start-up Visa. Under this head you will get a permit, this permit will connect the overseas industrialists and businessmen into one segment. Under the Canadian Immigration Structure, the main component is a chain of modification in transformation. This scheme will boost the whole immigration system and make it more flexible for the applicants.

New Immigration Scheme for Ottawa (OINP)

If you are a Pakistani National and looking for OINP then this is an ideal scheme for you if you possess the certain set of requirements. Moreover, you can enjoy the equal rights and privileges as the Canadian Nationals can enjoy. This equality is also for those who are entering Canada form other countries of the world.

Through this scheme, you can get permanent residency easily. Actually, Canada wants to boost its economy and allow more and more immigrants to enter. Canada always looks forward to potential immigrants and each PNP is according to the requirement of the respective province.

The entrepreneurs from the world must fulfill the required criterion to get nomination certificate from the government of Ottawa. There are some requirements as under:

  • Language Skills.
  • Educational Record.
  • No Criminal Record.
  • Certain Set of Required Skills.
  • Nomination Certificate.

These are some basic requirements to Immigration under this scheme. Ottawa is full of natural resources and having a friendly community. Moreover, Canada possesses the multiculturalism and very adjustable, flexible and friendly laws for the newcomers.

This is the great time to adjust in Canada. There is an online application system for the applicants. If you are looking for Canadian Immigration and possess the required skills then you must apply for this scheme. OINP has the same criteria for the applicants as for the other PNPs.

‘If I go back they will kill me’

A Saudi woman attempting to flee from her “abusive” family and seek asylum in Australia has reportedly been forcibly returned to Riyadh after being gagged, tied with duct tape and wrapped in a sheet by two uncles while on a stopover in the Philippines.

Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, a Saudi national currently living in Kuwait, landed in Manila in the early hours of Monday morning, on a routine layover en route to Sydney, where she claims she intended to claim asylum. She says she had secretly obtained a tourist visa, seen by The Australian, from the Australian embassy in Kuwait. Saudi women are not allowed to travel without approval from their male guardian, and Saudi embassies are known to assist families in tracking down women who have fled abroad.

After Ms Lasloom’s arrival, she claims her passport, boarding pass and travel documents were confiscated by Philippines Airlines staff and she was told that “someone important” had instructed them not to allow her to board her 11am flight to Sydney.

‘If I go back they will kill me’

A Twitter feed apparently set up in her name has laid out the claims she made about her ordeal and posted pictures of her boarding pass.

“They took me and locked me up for thirteen hours, just because I’m a Saudi woman, with the co-operation of the Saudi embassy,” Ms Lasloom claimed in a video sent to a Saudi activist and posted online. “If my family come, they will kill me. If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me. The Philippines government and Saudi are violating human rights and international law. I am kept here as a criminal, I can’t do anything, I can’t go out.”

It is unclear why the young woman feared being killed if she was forced to return to Saudi Arabia. She told Meagan Khan, a Canadian tourist who came to her aid at the airport, that “her family, her uncles, are very strict, and abusive to her, so she ran away.”

“She told me she was a teacher, she said ‘they forced me to become a teacher or be a slave’. She is not allowed to leave the house without a guy at all,” a distressed Ms Khan told The Australian after landing in Bali.

On Monday afternoon, two men who Ms Lasloom identified as her Saudi uncles, whom she described as diplomats and who were accompanied by a woman from the Kuwaiti embassy, approached Ms Lasloom and Ms Khan. “Her face just collapsed and she said ‘they’re here Meagan!’ As soon as she saw them her eyes started swelling up with tears,” said Ms Khan, who lent Ms Lasloon her phone to put her posts up on Twitter.

Read More: theaustralian

Meet the backpacker touring WA courtesy of truckies

A BRITISH backpacker who completed a 1600km walk in WA’s outback is now hitch-hiking her way around the continent thanks to Aussie truckies.

Lindsey Cole has travelled from Darwin to Sydney since she began her 18-wheel-odyssey in February, and is determined to make it back to the Northern Territory before her tourist visa expires. And her journey was inspired by a lift she received to Perth.

A helpful truck driver brought Ms Cole back to WA’s capital last year, after she completed the gruelling walk portrayed in the film Rabbit Proof Fence between Moore River and Jigalong.

“This is much more tiring than walking,” she said from a roadhouse on Melbourne’s outskirts.

“I think it’s because I’m always talking to people.

Meet the backpacker touring WA courtesy of truckies

“I love hearing their stories but finding stuff to talk about for 36 hours with someone you’ve never met can be tiring.”

Ms Cole said she and her long-haul helpers had discussed everything from politics to relationships and that a lot of the burly blokes told her “how much they miss their wives”.

“They all tell me to be careful,” she said, and admitted anxiety was one of the reasons her trip was so tiring.

But the 34-year-old said she did not approach “dodgy looking” drivers and had good instincts for who to trust.

She felt her experience so far, which has involved lifts in eight big rigs, had been encouraging.

“There’s a lot of hate in today’s world and we can be quick to judge, but people are generally kind,” she said.

“I wouldn’t have known any truckies before but now I’ve got a black book full of them.

“Some of these guys have got incredible stories — I can’t repeat some of the best ones — and they’re really nice people. I’ve seen the hard work they do. I think they get a bit of a bad rap but they keep Australia moving.”

Ms Cole said she had found the drivers unanimously “love Australia”, and added: “My ears have become immune to the F and C words.”

Her longest wait for a lift was 12 hours in Broome but she “loved” her most recent trip to Perth.

The former documentarymaker has already considered her next adventure and said: “I have been talking to somebody about camels.”

Source: perthnow

When 100 is not enough

ANYBODY taking an exam should be more than happy to get a perfect score – 100 percent.

For New Zealand though, a score of 100 is just the starting point for a foreign skilled worker seeking to qualify for permanent residency.

Getting 100 points is merely a minimum qualifier to get into the common candidate pool. To be taken out of the pool and avoid candidate-hypothermia, one has to add an additional 60 points to earn an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

The current 160-point threshold to be considered for New Zealand permanent residency must be the sum of an applicant’s points for several criteria: age, education, experience, job offer, previous and completed studies or employment and bonus points for combination of two basic criteria.

Of the four Commonwealth nations—Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK —Canada was the first to institute a points-system selection for immigrants with the Immigration Act of 1978, replaced by the current Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of 2002.

New Zealand Immigration

The common criteria for these countries are age, English proficiency, education/ qualifications, experience, civil status (married or common-law-relationship) bonus points for having studied or worked in the country of intended migration, qualified family relationship or community connections as well as nomination by a province (Canada) or a State/Territory (Australia). Additional points are granted to resident applicants to New Zealand who have worked or lived outside Auckland as well as for qualifications or work experience in areas of absolute skills shortage or future growth area.

New Zealand’s Parliament passed the Immigration Act of 1987—resembling that of Canada—which came into effect in 1991. The 1987 Act ended New Zealand’s preference for migrants from Britain, Europe or Northern America, a selection system based on race instead of admitting migrants based on their skills, personal qualities, and potential contribution to New Zealand economy and society.

While New Zealand was the latecomer, it was the first to use the term “Expression of Interest” under its Skilled Migration category in 2009. Australia followed by setting up SkillSelect on July 1, 2012. Canada, which was a forerunner in setting standards for selection for specific occupations, later announced the Express Entry migrant selection system in January of 2015.

Migrants out of UK with Brexit
While UK’s points-based migration system was introduced in 2003—modeled on the Australian system—it was only in February 2008 that the Labor government introduced the UK’s first points-based immigration system in five tiers, the most common of which are Tier 2 for “skilled workers” from outside the EEA with a job offer in the UK and Tier 4 for students aged over 16 from outside the EEA who wish to study in the UK. Applicants must have a place at a registered UK educational establishment before they can apply.

Of late, this category has diminished in stature and importance. The Tier 4 category became the lightning rod for the campaign against immigrants leading to Brexit as then Home Secretary (now Prime Minister Theresa May) targeted non-EEA students to be part of the categories to be drastically reduced in number.

Migration figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 41,000 fewer overseas students came to the UK in the 12 months to September—three months after the Brexit vote—compared with the previous year, reflecting a substantial drop in net migration to Britain, which fell by 49,000 to 273,000 last year. Read More: manilatimes


Cat Stevens calls on Donald Trump to use his influence to help him get a US visa

Cat Stevens calls on Donald Trump to use his influence to help him get a US visa

YUSUF Islam, known to his fans around the world as Cat Stevens, faces an indefinite wait for an American visa because of President Donald Trump’s travel bans.

The British folk legend who is Australia to launch his 50th anniversary tour, has been waiting months for his US visa to be approved.

He was denied entry to the US in 2004 but has visited there several times since then to tour and took his A Cat’s Attic: 50th Anniversary Acoustic shows to New York and other cities last September.

Now known not-so-simply as Yusuf/Cat Stevens, the 68-year-old entertainer is also in Australia to develop an animated children’s television show based on his music with the team behind the Beat Bugs series.

“I would definitely like Mr Trump to use his influence, whatever is left of it, to rush my visa forward because I’ve already missed the Grammys and I might even give him a free ticket to one of my concerts,” he said in Sydney.

“He’s not exactly keeping me out but it’s become a drawn-out process. Those orders, it’s such a horrible paintbrush he’s using.

Cat Stevens calls on Donald Trump to use his influence to help him get a US visa

“I heard about the experience of your children’s book writer (Mem Fox). Come on, wake up, wake up. Leaders should unite people, that should be one of the primary objectives of leaders, not divide.”

Yusuf returned to Australia in 2010, his first tour here in 36 years, to rave reviews.

His next visit for the world premiere of the Moonshadow musical was less successful with its run cut short but proved to be an “enlightening experience” for the entertainer.

He said it ultimately inspired the children’s series he is now working on with the Beat Bugs team.

“It’s wonderful here. I measure the level of tolerance by how much they love Cat Stevens and Yusuf Islam together,” he said.

“And here I am very much at home, I feel very, very welcome.”

Many of his best-loved songs including Peace Train and Wild World, resonate as strongly with audiences now as they did in the 1970s.

He quit music for almost three decades when he embraced Islam in 1977, discovering the Koran after embarking on a spiritual quest provoked by almost drowning when he was swept out by a rip off Malibu.

“I started reading Buddhist metaphysical books and it ended up with me reading the Koran, which became the book that encapsulated everything for me,” he said.

“What you have to remember again is this happened in a much more peaceful time, when there was no smothering of the name of Islam.

“In 1977 there was no Iranian revolution, it hadn’t happened, and the Koran was a spiritual book.

“That’s the difference with now because there is such a barricade for people to get through to the meaning of being a Muslim.”

Yusuf said his break from music was “just getting down to living the songs. Walking the talk.”

He made a return to playing and writing about 16 years ago when his son Yoriyos left a guitar strategically placed in the house where they enjoying a holiday in Dubai.

Read More: dailytelegraph

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Details

Canada has ten provinces and three territories and BC is one of its successful jobs generating province. This province aims to pick up the qualified candidates who are willing to contribute to the economy of this province.  British Columbia is providing two main categories for Immigration to Canada.

Moreover, this province has separate Express Entry programs/categories. Without further ado, let’s discuss the two categories:

  1. Business Immigration
  2. Skilled Immigration

Business Immigration

The basic aim of this category is to allow those candidates who are showing their interest to settle in BC. This will allow you get permanent residence in Canada. The main purpose of this immigration to get a helping hand from the wealthy immigrants and get boost the economy of the province.

Moving for Canada

If you get the invitation to apply then you must sign an agreement to perform in the selected business category. This business immigration is further divided into three following categories:

  • Regional Entrepreneur Category

If you are a business class candidate then you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must accommodate with a job to the Canadian citizen/permanent resident;
  • You must show your personal worth of $400,000;
  • You must invest in the two major areas of BC, your investment is of at least $200,000 to invest in Abbotsford and Vancouver which are the two main Metropolitans;
  • You must show your full participation in the Day to Day management in the eligible business;
  • As you read earlier, you must sign an agreement of performance with the British Columbia provincial government;


  • Entrepreneur Category

Following are the requirement for this category:

  • You must provide jobs to three Canadian nationals/permanent residents in your business;
  • You must show your net worth of $800,000;
  • You must show your personal investment of $400 000 which you will use to establish your eligible business and use in the expansion of it;
  • You must actively work in your eligible business and show the Day to Day activity in it;
  • There is an agreement of performance which you have to sign with the government of British Columbia;


  • Strategic Projects Category

If you are Business Company and willing to establish a business in BC then this will be a good option for you. This immigration will provide you a lot of benefits and after spending required period there in Canada then you can apply for permanent residence. But, you must have a net investment of $500 000 for your required eligible business. If you are a Pakistani national and looking to invest in Canada then this category is the best option for you.

Skills Immigration

Skilled Immigration has following five sub-categories;

  1. International Graduates
  2. International Post-Graduates
  3. Skilled Workers
  4. Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Workers
  5. Health Care Professionals

If you are planning to Move for Canada then present time is best to make your dreams true. There are different programs are available for you either you are Pakistani national or from any other country. Immigration to Canada is the most favorite destination because of its attractive immigration categories.

Geelong mum stays in Australia, fails federal government’s immigration character test

Geelong mum stays in Australia, fails federal government’s immigration character test

A VICTORIAN mother-of-five is among hundreds of criminals and dodgy foreigners to avoid deportation despite failing the Federal Government’s tough new immigration ‘character test’.

Geelong mum, Kelly Webb, 31, has been released after eight months fighting her removal to the United Kingdom despite her extensive criminal history.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton promised a “zero tolerance” approach when announcing foreigners jailed for more than a year would be thrown out of the country in 2014.

However, the Herald Sun can reveal one in five of the 2300 people rounded up since the crackdown have been given a reprieve under Mr Dutton’s watch.

The Immigration Minister said the government maintained it’s “firm stand against non-citizens who commit crimes in Australia.’’

“The number of visa cancellations is up by 1200 per cent,’’ Mr Dutton said.

“If a non-citizen has a strong case to be allowed to remain in Australia revocation is considered. “Many factors are taken into account including the likelihood of reoffending, the impact on children and family, the nature and duration of ties to Australia, age and health and impediments that may be suffered if returned to their home country.’’

Geelong mum stays in Australia, fails federal government’s immigration character test

Ms Webb told the Herald Sun she was now living in Geelong and would be eligible to apply for citizenship if she remained crime-free for three years.

“If I get charged with anything, I am back in the immigration centre and that’s not a risk I am going to take,’’ she said.

On Facebook the mother of Tyson 10, twins Nakita 6, and Chase 6, Matthew 5, and baby Shae-Lee, pledged to stay on the straight and narrow since her November release.

“The old Kelly Webb is gone the new Kelly has her head screwed on and learnt from her mistakes this time. From now on my kids come first which is how it should have been 2 (sic) begin with but I was (sic) 2 self centred and selfish.

“Can’t wait for my future I believe this is my 2nd chance to raise these kids and I wont f*** that up (sic) 4 nobody.’’

Ms Webb’s long-term visa was cancelled last year while serving an 18 month sentence for committing burglary with a steak knife.

She had come to Australia in 1988 aged two, was raised in Geelong but was never naturalised.

Her childhood was marred by “monstrous” domestic violence, which culminated in her killing her stepfather.

She then spiralled into a life of crime committing numerous offences including theft, robbery and unlawful assault after she robbed a woman in a mot­orised wheelchair.

Days before her release from prison in March last year, the Border Force revoked her visa and shipped her to the Maribyrnong Detention Centre prompting her appeal to Mr Dutton.

More than 1500 people including more than 100 criminal bikie gang members and 25 convicted murderers were not so lucky and have been expelled.

Scores of Victorian residents have been deported including New Zealanders linked to bikie gangs and drug trafficking and teen thugs linked to the violent Apex gang.

Source: heraldsun

Immigration raids in at least six states following Donald Trump’s order to deport illegal immigrants

“Panic” and “terror” is said to be running through immigrant communities in the US following raids carried out across at least six states as part of Donald Trump’s pledge to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented migrants in the first large-scale enforcement of Mr Trump’s executive order to take action against the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the US.

Raids took place this week in and around New York, Los Angeles, North Carolina, South Carolina, Atlanta and Chicago, immigration officials confirmed – with more than a third of those detained in the Los Angeles area being deported to Mexico.

Officials said the raids targeted known criminals but reports from immigrant rights groups claim that law-abiding citizens were also targeted in a departure from Obama-era crackdowns which focused solely on law-breaking illegal “aliens”.

Mr Trump has pledged to deport as many as three million illegal immigrants, substantially broadening the remit of the Department of Homeland Security to include those with minor convictions as well as those known to have committed serious crimes.

Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the raids were part of “routine” immigration enforcement actions.

Immigration raids in at least six states following Donald Trump's order to deport illegal immigrants

Ms Christensen said officers found undocumented migrants from a dozen Latin American countries and some of those detained had convictions for murder and domestic violence.

“We’re talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system.”

But immigration activists claimed the raids extended to Florida, Kansas, Texas and Virginia and that otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants were also targeted.

“This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one,” said Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, an immigrant youth organisation.

Spanish language radio stations in Los Angeles have been running public service announcements regarding the “Know Your Rights” seminars the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles have scheduled.

Immigrant rights groups have protests planned in response to the raids in New York and Los Angeles – both cities with large numbers of illegal immigrants.

President Obama offered an amnesty to illegal immigrants who were primary carers of children, regardless of the immigration status of the minors.

Despite his amnesty, the Obama administration deported around 2.4 million illegal immigrants – more than any other Presidency in US history.

Around 1.4 million people signed up for Obama’s amnesty – but Mr Trump is determined to overturn this, pledging a “zero tolerance” policy on illegal aliens during his election campaign.

“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation – that is what it means to have laws and to have a country,” Mr Trump said in Phoenix, Arizona, last August.

One million of those who signed up for the temporary amnesty are from Mexico, and over half live in Texas or California.

Having signed up to the Obama amnesty, many illegal immigrants who had been left alone by the authorities for years – perhaps decades –  have now effectively handed over their last known address details to the Trump administration, fuelling a climate of anxiety.

“We cannot understate the level of panic and terror that is running through many immigrant communities,” said Walter Barrientos of Make the Road New York in New York City.

Susannah Volpe, a lawyer for an immigrant legal services group in Washington DC, told the New York Times there was a definite change in tactics with the latest raids.

“These are agents going into apartment buildings or agents going to work sites,” said Ms. Volpe, who had a client arrested, along with five others, at a construction site in Washington last week. “This is new.”

New York and Los Angeles have long been regarded as sanctuaries for immigrants where police and other law enforcement agents do not automatically co-operate with immigration officials.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he called ICE’s regional deputy director to demand greater transparency about on-going operations and the status of those arrested.

“Angelenos should not have to fear raids that are disruptive to their peace of mind and bring unnecessary anxiety to our homes, schools, and workplaces,” Mr Garcetti said.

“The Administration should take a just, humane, and sensible approach that does not cause pain for people who only want to live their lives and raise their families in the communities they call home.”

David Martin, ICE’s field director in the Los Angeles area, denied the raids were as a direct result of Mr Trump‘s instructions.

“These operations take weeks and sometimes months of planning, so this operation was in the planning stages before the current administration came out with the executive orders.”

He said 75 per cent of the approximately 160 people detained in the LA operation had serious convictions – meaning the other 25 per cent had minor convictions or were undocumented.  Source: independent