Families Deliberately Disrupted by Immigration Policies

Family First NZ is calling for a review of Immigration laws following the tragic deaths of a South Korean family in Christchurch.

“Immigration, work permits, and guardianship and study visas are being granted without due consideration of the harm it may cause to families,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“We should not be encouraging situations where either young people are being left in a foreign culture and separated from their family for long periods of time, or parents being separated with one parent remaining in NZ but the other parent returning to their home country.”

“This places enormous pressure on family members already adjusting to a new culture. It also leaves young people in a vulnerable situation of not having the supervision and care that they need from their family.”

“There is evidence of asian students coming under the influence of gangs. Often the family believes that money will solve the problem, but it fails to deal with the care, supervision and family support that these people need. This can be mitigated by appropriate homestay arrangements, but this still doesn’t replace the family and cultural involvement.”

It has been reported that the South Korean family had been in New Zealand on a work permit for six years while the father had been working in South Korea to support his family in New Zealand.

The Korean Society have admitted that many Korean mothers choose to remain here because they want to accompany their children, but their husbands have to work in South Korea because there are no jobs for them here so they are forced to live apart.

“It is essential that the Immigration policies in NZ take a ‘family first’ approach rather than simply the economic benefits of the education industry,” says Mr McCoskie.

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