I’m glad there is now a clear pathway to residency for 165000 visa holders in NZ.
It is not their fault they have been caught up in COVID.
It is not their fault the MIQ process has been brutal and it’s not their fault they they complied with all we required to get here.
We need to show these people mercy while simultaneously cracking down on the need for this cheap foreign labor supply for the future.
Never again should we allow greedy NZ businesses to trick us into believing their despicable exploitation of migrant is a necessity for NZ.
We should offer immediate amnesty to all visa holders and the estimated 11000+ of the shadow overstayer community if they agree to vaccinate.
No vaccination, no pathway to residency.
We do this to stop a once a century pandemic and out of mercy.
But once we commit to amnesty for vaccination we must jam the doors to hyper tourism and worker/international student exploitation because we have seen the economic danger of relying on these broken models for our collective well being.
NZs future in the climate crisis can’t rely on hyper tourism and migrant worker exploitation.
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