Originally Posted by TOMAHAWK9521
If I recall, that is what NZ requires of you before they grant you citizenship. You have to have a skill they want/need in order to be allowed in.
There's a few pathways to entry down here.
That's one of them: skills based.
Not only measurable/evidence based skillsets, but to a high minimum NZ/western standard.
A doctor/dentist qualified in a Syrian hospital would be hard pressed to be granted practice license.
I know a Columbian dentist who worked as a dental nurse for two years before gaining practice license by testing out.
The greatest GP/family doctor ever(ours) is from Spain and he found it far easier.
The government does a pretty good job of staying on top of the critical skills list, adding/deleting as needed.
Other ways include: capital invested, entrepreneurial, and refugee.
All based on high barrier medical/character.
We did a poor job at vetting Somali refugees(Canada did a much better job vetting first with a better result).
Our results with Afghans has been much better. Great job at assimilating/integrating with no negative issues so far, and plenty of positives.
We even managed to get a few extra interpreters over the stated special visa quota to do the right thing.
Sadly, we didn't get one in due to family already in NZ failing to follow advise and trying to getting in under tourist visa. Huge red flag and knocked back for years due to deceptive application.
That's what you get for playing silly buggers.
Australia is taking the big lead for the region(due to location, capability, and relative risk) in funding an illegal immigrant detention centre in Papua New Guinea to more aggressively deal with the problem offshore.
Large numbers of unvetted Afghan fighting age males with some riots taking place and the locals less than thrilled and ready to take scalps at times.
Australia is also rumoured to have made some payoffs(beyond informat payments) to try and mitigate human trafficking.
So even problems way down here.
We're lucky to have a nasty sea and a big brother in between us and the problem.