Better Lives

Migration, Wellbeing and New Zealand

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Pages: 280

RRP: $14.99

ISBN: 9781988533759

DOI: 10.7810/9781988533759

Out of print – digital edition available through ebook retailers and our BWB Collections platform.

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.

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1. Introduction
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