Information released this morning shows that recent immigration policy is based on ‘alternative facts’, says Gayaaal Iddamalgoda, Wellington Central candidate for the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse had blocked parents of existing migrants, based on a claim that parents were costing the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars in welfare. However, a report released to Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act found that less than 2 percent of parents were taking up welfare payments.
“It seems Michael Woodhouse is basing his policy on ‘alternative facts’,” says Gayaal, “Otherwise known as lies.”
“This shows the xenophobic atmosphere surrounding policy-making, both in New Zealand and internationally.”
“Migrants are a net benefit to the New Zealand economy,” continues Gayaal, “Both in terms of GDP and taxes paid.”
Woodhouse says the block on new parents will continue.