Europeans benefit from NZ work program

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22 November 2004, WELLINGTON - New Zealand is to increase the number of young foreigners it will admit for 12-month working vacations from 31,000 to 40,000, it was announced on Monday. Vacationers aged 18 to 30 from European countries and North America will benefit most from a scheme that is being expanded to increase New Zealand's pool of temporary labour which is stretched with unemployment down to only 3.8 percent. Immigration Minister Paul Swain said that last year, nearly a quarter of all working vaca

22 November 2004

WELLINGTON - New Zealand is to increase the number of young foreigners it will admit for 12-month working vacations from 31,000 to 40,000, it was announced on Monday.

Vacationers aged 18 to 30 from European countries and North America will benefit most from a scheme that is being expanded to increase New Zealand's pool of temporary labour which is stretched with unemployment down to only 3.8 percent.

Immigration Minister Paul Swain said that last year, nearly a quarter of all working vacationers were employed in the agricultural and horticultural sectors which have been complaining of a shortage of workers in the current southern hemisphere spring and summer.

New Zealand has reciprocal working vacation schemes in operation with 22 countries.

Swain said an existing cap on the number of applicants from Britain, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands coming to New Zealand, would be lifted as they offered the same arrangement for New Zealanders. France and Canada could be added, pending negotiations on reciprocal agreements.

British working holidaymakers will be able to stay for up to two years and work for 12 months of that time.

Swain said an extra 10,000 places will be reserved for young people from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the United States and Canada with limits on the time they can work eased for Belgians, Dutch, Swedes and Americans.

DPA

Subject: German news

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