Government has no idea how much free money it’s giving to migrant elderly

The Government is facing questions over migration rules that will cut New Zealand’s intake of migrants’ family members from 5500 to 2000 a year.

Its rationale for the cutback is that migrants’ relatives are costing the country millions of dollars a year in healthcare and benefits. However, there are no recent figures to back this up.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse told TV3’s The Nation the changes were based on four-year-old information.

“When the parent category was last reviewed, what we did see was that the healthcare costs by them were about three times higher than in, for example, the skilled migrants,” he said.

“We also saw that there were very high levels of income support both two years, and five years after they came here.”

Mr Woodhouse says an impending review will determine the exact costs parents of migrants are placing on taxpayers.

“This is a very normal review that we do from time to time. No one?s taking a swipe at anybody. There are limits to the way in which we can control the residents, particularly because of our humanitarian obligations, and those family and partnerships,” he said.

It rubs a lot of people up the wrong way when Rohit brings his elderly extended family over. ?These people all qualify for national super having not contributed a single cent all their lives. ?I’m not sure that we should be that generous as a country.

Worse, we don’t even measure this. ?We have no idea how much it is really costing us.

It wouldn’t surprise me if this government sponsored kind of backdoor socialism for the elderly costs more than our refugee program.


– Newshub