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Clarke’s law, migration edition

One play on Clarke's third law holds that any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. I don't know whether it's malice toward migrants driving things in the current government, or a sufficiently advanced incompetence, or a combination of the two. It's overdetermined. But it's pretty bad. Anuja Nadkarni reports that Immigration NZ is sitting on $5m in fees it's collected from potential skilled migrants, with zero intention of processing anything. The expression of...

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The case of Californian tomatoes

It's a weird way to cite Clemens et al 2018.NZIER's latest report for ProdComm on immigration has a box inset titled "The case of Californian tomatoes." The inset, pasted below, notes the American 'bracero' agreements between the US and Mexico which allowed Mexican manual labourers to work in American fields. The inset goes through a 2010 piece by  Ed Taylor looking at the substitutes that emerged for imported workers, after the end of the restrictions. It notes mechanisation, and describes...

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Afternoon roundup

The afternoon's worthies:Rowan Simpson on venture capital in NZ. In a world awash in capital, is it even plausible that capital is the main constraint preventing successful NZ startups?Fiji goes into lockdown. When I advocate for Green Zones with the Covid-free Islands, I'll often get correspondence from folks wishing that Fiji be included in such considerations. On the other side, I hear a lot of worries about porous borders for those with private jets. How well the Fijian government gets...

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Morning roundup

The morning's worthies, from the accumulated browser tabs:A Manhattan Institute roundup, from last January, on the problems with rent control. What would be a fair price on iPredict for a contract paying $1 if Labour brings in rent controls. $0.60? Higher? Otago's tallying of the border system failures as at 30 March. Add to it this week's case of a border worker who caught it, and had somehow managed to miss vaccination appointments due to personal reasons. Minister Hipkins could issue a...

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Reader mailbag: quarantine edition

This morning's Inbox comes with a plea that I advocate for self-isolation, rather than MIQ, for visitors coming in from Australia - doing so would vastly increase MIQ capacity, enabling a lot of visitors from actually-risky places to take up scarce slots in MIQ, and enabling more family reunification. My correspondent is in that latter situation. I've copied my reply below, lightly edited. I'm getting more than a little frustrated by the state of the border. Thanks for your kind words. You...

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MIQ and the America’s Cup

I was curious how many spaces in New Zealand's Managed Isolation and Quarantine system were taken up by folks coming in for the America's Cup.It looks to be unknowable, at least for now.Immigration NZ has a list of people who were invited to apply for entry visas for the Cup, and another list of people who subsequently applied, and another list of those who were approved. There were 753 people whose entry visas were approved as of late January, with another 16 applications then under...

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100 million is a really big number: a review of Doug Saunders’ Maximum Canada

The following is a guest post by Mikal Skuterud, professor of economics at University of Waterloo  Despite my interest in Canadian immigration policy, I’ve been hesitant to read Doug Saunders’ latest book Maximum Canada: Toward a Country of 100 Million. The idea that the solution to Canada’s economic challenges is more people, and a lot more people, seems naïve. In hindsight, I waited too long. Saunders’ account of Canada's immigration history is intriguing and his writing, as always,...

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RSE, MIQ, and WTF

Last week, the government announced it would allow 2000 seasonal workers into New Zealand's Managed Isolation and Quarantine system on Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme, with workers to arrive from January to March 2021. There's just so much that's backward in all of this. The RSE scheme is open to workers from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and...

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Afternoon Roundup

Egads the browser tabs. Enough! I haven't shut down the computer in a week in hopes of giving each of these its proper due; time to give up and move on. The worthies that each deserved a proper post:Ending the pandemic is worth between 5-15% of total wealth. For one potential sense of the gains in NZ's having ended the pandemic, here. Trump likes to hate on immigrants. Unfortunately, there's a lot of it in NZ as well, except the ideological positioning of it flips. In the US, everyone...

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