As the New Conservative Party starts to build a migrant backlash, we are going to have to have a serious discussion about immigration in NZ. It won’t just be the weaponised political xenophobia that demands this, the exploitation of free market capitalism demands it and most concerning, climate change will demand it.
Lat year we allowed in 129 000 migrants for a population of almost 5 million.
Australia with 24 and a half million, allows in 190 000 (but it will likely be 165 000 this year).
You can see the immediate difference when comparing NZ with Australia.
On top of that we have 150 000 international students and workers with temporary work visas who have been obscenely exploited by a de-unionised job market and additional to that, we have almost 4 million tourists visiting us each year.
It is no wonder that our social and physical infrastructure is groaning under unsustainable gridlock.
No one wants to talk about this.
The Woke Left scream ‘racism’ and ‘xenophobia’ when these facts are raised.
The Right have used this mass migration to prop up and expand a massive speculative property bubble which creates an illusion of wealth for the middle classes who refuse point blank to give that illusion of paper millions up.
The property speculating middle classes refuse to clamp down on migration for fear of it hurting their property investments and big business who exploit international students and workers scream that locals are ‘too lazy’ to work whenever they are pushed on their exploitation.
The vested interests of open door immigration are as impossible to shift as corporate polluters facing real climate change legislation.
Politically the Left self censor while the Right exploit.
That leaves an enormous vacuum and it’s one that the alt-right New Conservatives intend to violently exploit.
Ultimately, this issue has to come to a head because of something ironically that the New Conservatives claim is a hoax – climate change.
Where do you think those 24 and a half million Australians will flee to once their country becomes a hell blasted furnace that is impossible to live in? Forget the tiny populations of the Pacific Islands who will be drowned by rising seas, it’s our Aussia neighbours who will cynically flood our nation once they’ve been decimated by never ending heatwaves.
As we have seen with Brexit and the rise of Trump, the naked fury of those who aren’t economically benefitting from mass immigration is only going to grow, how we acknowledge those genuine economic grievances and frictions without sinking into the sewer of racism is as much our challenge as combating climate change.