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Delayed visas, plunge in migration chokes business in New Zealand

Unemployment is at decade lows, though at 4.2% it is not unusually low by global standards

Reuters  |  Wellington 

New Zealand pub owner Chris Dickson worries his staff is overworked. He expected employment visas for two new overseas workers to be approved weeks ago, but the paperwork was delayed with no clear reason given. He may be left with no choice but to close down for a day, so the chefs and bartenders at his Smiths Craft Beer House in the South Island tourist hotspot of Queenstown, can get some rest. "We are struggling to find people," Dickson said. "It's an epidemic." A plunge in net immigration is intensifying New Zealand's labour shortage and hurting ...

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First Published: Tue, May 28 2019. 09:31 IST