Growing economy means we must accept misogynist immigrants, suggests Woodhouse

Michael Woodhouse (by Simon Wong)

Don’t like immigration?  Then get off your arse, move to where the work is, and take the jobs on offer… or risk having people come live next to you that will not appreciate your wife and daughter running around in shorts and a T-shirt.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says despite record immigration, there are fewer people gaining permanent residency than when Winston Peters was Foreign Minister a decade ago.

Mr Peters, a longtime critic of immigration, wants immigration cut to between 7,000 and 15,000. The past 12 months has seen a net migration gain of 68,100 — the highest on record, with 124,700 arrivals and 56,000 departures.

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for a reduction in the number of work visas, which accounted for just under a third of all arrivals, saying they’re taking jobs away from Kiwis.

Mr Woodhouse says it’s not as simple as Mr Little makes out.

“It’s easy to say there are number of people who are unemployed and there are a number of jobs that haven’t been filled by Kiwis — but the maths isn’t as straightforward as that,” he told Paul Henry.

“The people who are looking for work aren’t in the places where the work is, and of course you’ve heard very recently about how hard it is to get people to move for any reason.”

With GDP growth at 2.3 percent, Mr Woodhouse says it’s necessary to “augment” the workforce with immigrants.

“We want to make sure we’ve got enough people to fill the jobs that a growing economy needs.”  […]

Mr Peters has also called for more rigorous screening at the border for people from countries that “treat women like cattle”.

“We want them to salute our flag, respect our laws, honour our institutions and, above all, don’t bring absolutely anti-women attitudes with them, treating women like cattle, like fourth-class citizens,” he said at the weekend.

Mr Woodhouse says it shows Mr Peters has a “real lack of understanding” about how the visa application process works.

“We certainly put them through a pretty rigorous screening process… he is just playing that xenophobic card.”

Winston actually hit a raw nerve there.  He’s saying that letting people into the country comes with a requirement to become a Kiwi and to leave all the baggage at the door.   Why do we allow families to come live here that treat women as second class citizens?  How do we possibly justify importing inequality and misogyny?

And why is the answer to having more people do jobs such as work in orchards and vinyards to import workers that lock their women up away from the world?   Why do we allow people in that by definition, if true to themselves, can not and will not take on a Kiwi lifestyle?

If Winston keeps picking at that rich vein, he’s guaranteed a spot in the next government.

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