Better Lives provides a comprehensive overview of immigration in New Zealand, showing how immigration is not just an economic imperative that needs to be managed, but an opportunity to enhance people's lives. This book shifts immigration debate in Aotearoa in exactly the right direction.
- Dr Arama Rata (Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, Ngāruahine), NIDEA (National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis), University of Waikato
With Better Lives, Going Places and Fair Borders, BWB have published a comprehensive and insightful set of books for anyone seeking to understand international migration in New Zealand.
- Professor Jacques Poot, Emeritus Professor, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato; Visiting Professor, Department of Spatial Economics School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Migration is at historically high levels and more than a quarter of the New Zealand population was born overseas. Yet immigration remains a deeply contentious issue, with the debate more often shaped by emotion than evidence.
Julie Fry and Peter Wilson have developed a new framework that broadens the scope of how we consider migration policy. Rather than just considering the effect of migration on GDP, they look at factors such as the Treaty of Waitangi. Their goal? Migration policy that acknowledges the complexity of the world we all inhabit.
What are BWB Texts?
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.
All recently published BWB Texts can be purchased in print and digital formats using the ‘Buy’ or ‘Preorder’ buttons on this page. You can also subscribe to the series – a great gift idea! Find more information about subscription offers here.
Table of contents
2. Where did we come from?
3. Modern migration policy
4. Where we are now
5. A wellbeing framework
6. The domains of wellbeing
7. Applying the framework
8. Migration, wellbeing and New Zealand
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''Trump, Brexit, rise of far right result of not rethinking immigration'- economist', The Nation, Newshub, 14 April 2018.