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Elderly Chinese left alone in NZ

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

A Chinese social worker who did not want to be named said many working-age Chinese immigrants sponsored family members to be caregivers of their child. © Getty Images A Chinese social worker who did not want to be named said many working-age Chinese immigrants sponsored family members to be caregivers of their child. Winston Peters wants immigration rules changed following reports that elderly Chinese coming here to join family members are ending up being left on their own.

The NZ First leader says they're being cared for by the state while their children "shoot off to live in Australia and other places."

He's reacting to a New Zealand Herald report that since 2011, nearly 11,000 of the migrants older than 50 who entered New Zealand have been from China - more than half the number approved in the last five years.

A Chinese social worker who did not want to be named said many working-age Chinese immigrants sponsored family members to be caregivers of their children.

However, they were often left to fend for themselves when they were no longer needed or the sponsors left.

Age Concern Auckland chief executive Kevin Lamb agreed there was a problem.

"Obviously, with the growing number of older Chinese in Auckland, this issue is set to rise considerably," he said.

Mr Peters says the result is taxpayers footing the bill.

"The fact is we're seen as being a pensioners' paradise and we're being exploited."

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