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Labour wants action on student visas

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/08/2016

Mr Little said New Zealand had a good international reputation for fair play and the export education sector relied on this. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Mr Little said New Zealand had a good international reputation for fair play and the export education sector relied on this. The Government has to act immediately to end the exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand's reputation, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.

Newshub reported on Tuesday that a senior immigration official had warned that organised crime may have penetrated the process of granting student visa from India.

It also quoted a former student who said he had invested $18,000 to come to Auckland but was struggling for food and to find a job.

Mr Little said international students were being sold a false dream in being promised opportunities that didn't exist.

"The Government's own officials admit families are being "crippled with debt" and can't afford to study here, he said.

"This is the result of fraud by unscrupulous agents who are rorting the system."

Mr Little said New Zealand had a good international reputation for fair play and the export education sector relied on this.

"This exploitation of international students must stop," he said.

"It is wrong and it is putting New Zealand's reputation at risk. The Government has known about this for some time now and there are serious questions about why it has allowed this to continue."

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