Australia thinks NZ is a soft backdoor route for migrants

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The Prime Minister Bill English has revealed Australia thinks New Zealand is a soft backdoor route for migrants entering their country, but he says he doesn’t understand why.

Mr English says he doesn’t understand why the Australians believe New Zealand is being used as an easy route to gaining Australian residency.

Australia’s concerns were raised during discussions about the possibility of a common border.

But the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Australia has long considered New Zealand a backdoor route for migrants wanting to live in their country.

Mr Peters says the Australian government has been talking about the problem since the mid-1990s and New Zealand’s failure to act has led to the reduction in entitlements and rights of New Zealanders living in Australia.

Mr Peters also says the Statistics NZ information on New Zealand citizens leaving for Australia is wrong.

[Read the Radio NZ article].

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