Shortfall in migrants could cost NZ economy 'over $1b'
By Lincoln Tan 4:00 AM Wednesday Jul 28, 2010

Immigration New Zealand has returned its lowest number of "expressions of interest", after a period of six months where selections have been around 30 per cent lower than previous years.

If the trend continues, less than 13,500 applications will be selected this year.

The numbers of skilled and business migrants finally approved could fall far short of the 27,000 to 30,000 people the New Zealand Residence Programme targets, an immigration commentator has said.

Mike Bell, who runs the online move2nz site, says this is the lowest selection since the present rules were introduced in 2005.

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