Our immigration system is broken

Comment from Gezza:


What an eye-opener

The Big Scam: Our immigration system is broken

After months of investigating visa frauds at the heart of our immigration system, we’re convinced it’s broken. Corruption and exploitation run almost unchecked. Our newest arrivals are told that fraud and graft are acceptable and unpunished. Scammers operate almost openly, safe in the knowledge they won’t be prosecuted.

The basic scams they run are:
* The Fake Job. There’s the paperwork to satisfy Immigration NZ and a salary paid to satisfy the IRD, but the job doesn’t exist and the migrant has to return the salary in cash (and top it up for the tax that’s been deducted).
* The Underpaid Job. They might tell Immigration NZ and IRD that they’re paying minimum wage – but the migrant is either returning some of their salary, or working a huge number of extra hours for free, or for cash under the table and below the minimum.
* The Inflated Job. The real job might be washing dishes – but when it comes to the paperwork, it’s a manager’s position.

One confessed overstayer claimed his bosses in the kiwifruit industry broke his legs when he fell out of line, knowing he’d never be able to go to a hospital for treatment because he risked deportation. Yet more emails came from Kiwis with tip-offs about the healthcare industry, hospitality, supermarkets, fruit-picking, IT. Some were angry, most resigned, several had contacted Immigration NZ and felt they’d been fobbed off.

Immigration advisor Malkiat Singh describes the situation now as “generational exploitation”. Each new wave of migrants is exploited, accepts that’s how it works, and in turn, once established, goes on to exploit those that arrive after them. For some, it appears, their major source of income is simply from charging newcomers for visas and fake jobs.

Our conclusion is that Immigration NZ, as it stands, is incapable of halting the tide of corruption.

Why? After years of no political priority being placed on pursuing and prosecuting offenders, they seem hopelessly understaffed. There are less than 30 immigration investigators in New Zealand. Instead of chasing down every case of fraud, it appears the department has wisely tried to focus on landing a few bigger cases to act as a deterrent to the smaller fish; but that tactic means many go unpunished and a culture has sprung up among migrant communities that it is fine to buy your way into New Zealand.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/108921008/the-big-scam-our-immigration-system-is-broken

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26 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  25th December 2018

    been broken for decades now.

    Money go rounds to satisfy capital requirements,fake jobs,fake education courses,granny dumping…NZ SOFT TOUCH…year on year.

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  2. Gezza

     /  25th December 2018

    I blame several governments.

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  3. Geoffrey

     /  25th December 2018

    Perhaps the Minister feared pressing too hard on this?

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  4. kluelis

     /  25th December 2018

    New Zealand needs another 25 million immigrants at least by 2100. The more the merrier.

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    • Duker

       /  25th December 2018

      Had to laugh at that story about extra migrants, Farrar when commenting about 230% increase was totally lost about how many millions. His headline went from ‘double’ to over triple in the commentary . Yet still got it wrong. 4.8 mill increased by 230% is nearly 5x or 22 mill people. Even an eight yr old knows that 100% more is double

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th December 2018

        Your maths is wrong. 230% of 4.8 is 11.44 so the total after the increase is 16.24m.

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        • Duker

           /  25th December 2018

          That’s incorrect. 100% increase is double so 100% increase is 9.6 mill, a 200% increase is 100% again plus the first 100% or 4 x or 19.2 mill. And so on.
          Surely you agree 100% is 9.6 mill or do you have a different method for that
          Even using your incorrect method 230% ‘of’ 4.8 is 11.04

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th December 2018

            That’s rubbish. A percentage increase is applied directly to the original quantity. It isn’t broken into parts and compounded.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  25th December 2018

              Yes, you are right 11.04 not 11.44. Bad mental arith addition by me.

    • Blazer

       /  25th December 2018

      why..clueless?

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  5. Duker

     /  25th December 2018

    have to do what Australia has now started doing for passport renewals.Before if you were an immigrant who had an Aussie passport, a renewal as a fairly automatic thing, but now they have started looking into the whole application from scratch again, including subsequent travel or sponsorship. Some are finding out their renewal has been declined as there original application was administratively faulty, based on inaccurate information or fraud. Even some Poms who came decades ago have been snared.

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  6. David

     /  25th December 2018

    Its a question of capturing the Indian and Chinese vote hence no crackdown. Also its like the Brexit thing where the rich elite only see immigrants as people who provide cheap services and interesting dining experiences at a good price whereas the working class see them as taking their jobs and under cutting their wages.

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    • Duker

       /  25th December 2018

      Yes. We allow non citizens to vote. National ,who rely on getting more money than all other parties combined and then some, have been captured by Chinese money.
      We have a ridiculously high threshold for disclosure of donations $15k, and not all money given to party affiliates is declared.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th December 2018

        What utter drivel that is.

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        • Duker

           /  25th December 2018

          We have seen with the JLR recordings how national turns $100k into multiple $14k donations to reduce ‘visibily’ . Now why even do that…..it’s not like it was a triad or something but only a reputable group representing one Chinese region. The real reason is to benefit national by reducing the ‘chinese names’ on it’s register.
          Simon should really get the party to stump for a limo for his fundraising efforts

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  7. NOEL

     /  25th December 2018

    Woman down the road has worked for Indian employers and on both occasions had to point out their obligations to Kiwi Saver.
    I’m guessing there is no contributions for all those false migrants.

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    • Duker

       /  25th December 2018

      Employer’s don’t have to contribute to kiwisaver, some reduce the wages by the amount they contribute, but they have to tell you when start that’s what they will be doing

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  8. Solution simple.
    Shut the door now.
    Tidy up the mess.
    Reasess.
    Sensitive state jobs , like immigration personal should be for “born in New Zealand ” applicants only to stop the corruption.

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    • Gezza

       /  25th December 2018

      Agree with your last sentence. And even then you have to monitor for corruption.
      But your simple shut the door solution is not simple, it’s simplistic. Too simplistic.
      Private and public employers (like hospitals, for example) would be unable to function without qualified & skilled employees from overseas. That’s a simple fact that any government has to make allowances for in immigration policy settings.

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  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th December 2018

    Immigration is all about getting the right people. Those from countries and cultures where corruption is endemic need extra scrutiny and monitoring. Doing this without facilitating exploitation needs a lot of care and insight. Criteria should be:
    1. Good people
    2. Self sufficient
    3. Fit the rules

    Unfortunately they get applied in the reverse order as that is easier for bureaucracy to manage.

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    • Gezza

       /  25th December 2018

      No they get applied as criteria because it is necessary to process migrants in numbers and use proxies such as qualifications experience police certificates medical certificates because if every immigration officer was to spend all their time interviewing, and then looking into the circumstances and backgrounds of the thousands of applicants every year & then making individual judgement calls on which ones are
      1. Good people
      2. Self sufficient, and
      3. Fit the rules
      it would be a free-for -all, the Ministers desk would be buried in tons of complaints and requests for reviews, & the immigration review tribunal and the courts would be screaming for mercy and pleading for someone to make up some bloody rules and whittle the damn numbers down and just apply them blindly with a weeny bit of discretion at specified times.

      Also to do what you want properly you would need hundreds of immigration officers with thorough training and all sorts of diverse skills and backgrounds and knowledge dotted around the world like they used to and of course that takes money and the governments we’ve had instead want them to do this on a shoestring.

      But you dream on Al.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th December 2018

        I know all that, G. I’m just explaining why it is broken.

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        • Gezza

           /  25th December 2018

          Righto. Needs money Al, The poor old Immigration Service. It’s such a vital component of the government and our society to be managed properly it should be a separate department, not some perennial poor child of some other super-Ministry.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th December 2018

            I agree with that. It is crucial to our freedom of movement and human rights.

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  10. Blazer

     /  26th December 2018

    1. Good people
    2. Self sufficient, and
    3. Fit the rules…

    Dr Jiang…my mother told me I’m a ‘good’ person.
    I have plenty of money and can raise alot for the National Party.
    I was told not to be honest in my application’

    .GRANTED!

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