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ACT's `free movement' vision: CANZUK

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

ACT leader David Seymour says the traditional Kiwi OE can't be put at risk - he's suggesting a "free movement" agreement with Britain that could be extended to include Canada.

The British government is considering whether to make it more difficult for companies to hire foreign workers under a new drive to cut immigration.

Official data shows that of the 31.7 million people who are working, 5.4 million were born outside the country.

Mr Seymour says it's time for New Zealand to push for a two-way deal.

"Britain's revision of immigration settings is a chance to propose a free movement zone similar to what we have with Australia," he said on Wednesday.

"In the long term we could even negotiate a broader zone for citizens of Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada - CANZUK."

Winston Peters, meanwhile, says New Zealand should follow Britain's lead.

"Britain, with a population of 64 million, aims to reduce its 300,000 net intake to 'tens of thousands' while New Zealand, with only 4.,4 million, has done nothing to reduce record intakes of 70,000 net a year," the NZ First leader said.

"The high level of low-skilled workers, including international students, has undermined working conditions and put a lid on wages."

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