Story: History of immigration

Job applications from Soviet people

Job applications from Soviet people

In 1987 new immigration regulations were introduced which based selection not on ethnic or national origin, but on applicants’ skills. Priority areas for skills in the domestic economy were listed. When people in Moscow saw the list in 1989, Jenny Bates, a personnel consultant, was inundated with applications, mainly from engineers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
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Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - Many leave, fewer arrive: 1975 to 1991', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015