New Zealand DPM says immigration rules tightened to be more selective

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said in an interview during his two-day visit here that his country wants to reduce net migration by 20,000 to 30,000 a year. Last year, net migration reached a record high of 72,000, driven by people
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said in an interview during his two-day visit here that his country wants to reduce net migration by 20,000 to 30,000 a year. Last year, net migration reached a record high of 72,000, driven by people from China, Britain and Australia.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

New Zealand let in too many unqualified foreigners in the past, and its tightening of immigration rules recently was to right the wrong of the country's previous administration, said Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, during a two-day visit to Singapore.

What the country now wants, in Mr Peter's words, are people who are "highly skilled, highly committed to a future in New Zealand and bring something we need for the future growth of our economy and the betterment of our social life".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2018, with the headline 'New Zealand DPM says immigration rules tightened to be more selective'. Print Edition | Subscribe