Fair Borders?

Fair Borders?

Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century

‘Our migration policy impacts on New Zealand citizens, on recent immigrants and on people who are never permitted to set foot on this land. It creates prosperity for some and hardship for others.’

Debates over immigration are heating up – with grave political consequences. Fair Borders draws together a broad set of writers to discuss whether New Zealand’s immigration policy offers a 'fair go’ to those just arriving, and to those who arrived a long time ago. This edited collection includes new and diverse perspectives that go beyond the boundaries of popular debate, in which migrants are too often treated as numbers, not people.


Andrew Chen is a PhD candidate in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Auckland.

Francis Collins is a senior lecturer in Geography and Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the University of Auckland.

David Hall is a Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory AUT.

Nina Hall is a lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Hautahi Kingi is an economist based in Washington, DC.

Tahu Kukutai is Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis.

Evelyn Marsters is deputy editor at Impolitikal.

Kate McMillan is a senior lecturer in Politics at Victoria University of Wellington.

Arama Rata is a Research Officer at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis.

Murdoch Stephens is a lecturer at Massey University in Wellington.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Jun 2017
Pages: 240
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947518851
DOI: 10.7810/9780947518851

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Giovanni Tiso, 'Urgent Challenges'Landfall, 1 November 2018.

'Borders, Divisions and the Space Between: Three Writers on Borders', David Hall, Pantograph Punch, 13 July 2018.

'Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century', Simon Randall, Tui Motu Interislands Magazine, 1 December 2017.

'10 ways for the new government to be smarter about immigration', David Hall, The Spinoff, 28 October 2017.

'New Zealand's Election: Bad News for Chinese Immigration?', Julia Hollingsworth, South China Morning Post, 21 September 2017.

'On the Move', Judith Morrell Nathan, Scoop Review of Books, 13 August 2017.

'David Hall: Migration rules are denying some workers a path to citizenship', David Hall, NZ Herald, 4 August 2017.

'Kiwis under fire in the immigration debate', Q&A, TVNZ, 16 July 2017.

'Not so Fair Borders', 9fb FM, 13 July 2017.

'Fair borders: Who decides what’s smart & humane?', Sarah Illingworth, Huffington Post, 12 July 2017.

'Q&A | David Hall& On Fair Borders, & Migration Policy', Impolitikal, 10 July 2017.

'Temporary immigrants: what's the problem?', RNZ, 9 July 2017.

'Fair Borders?: Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century', David Hall, Briefing Papers, 4 July 2017.

'Nina Hall and Max Harris: NZ must speak out for Pacific on climate change', Nina Hall and Max Harris, Stuff, 27 June 2017.

'David Hall (Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the 21st Century) Interview', Radio One 91FM, 27 June 2017.

'Immigration from a Māori perspective', Bridget Mills, RNZ, 26 June 2017.

'Book extract: International migration: the great trade-off', Hautahi Kingi, National Business Review, 23 June 2017.

'Govt ill-prepared for immigration boom - survey', RNZ, 21 June 2017.

'It’s time for Māori to be heard on immigration policy', Dale Husband and Tahu Kukutai, e-Tangata, 18 June 2017.

'Attitudes to immigration', Sunday Morning, RNZ, 18 June 2017.

'Mistake to see immigration as problem - researcher', Sunday Morning, RNZ, 18 June 2017.

'Please don’t say ‘real Kiwi’: How to talk about immigration without being a dick', Andrew Chen, The Spinoff, 15 June 2017.

'With the election looming, a new poll reveals New Zealanders’ views on immigration', David Hall, The Spinoff, 12 June 2017.

I’m brown. But I’m also a white person’, Evelyn Marsters, e-Tangata, 11 June 2017.

'Authors call for Maori interests to be recognised on immigration', Rob Stock, Stuff.co.nz, 11 June 2017.

'Recipe for disaster?', Sunday TVNZ, 11 June 2017.

'Give temporary migrant workers a fairer deal, academic says', Rob Stock, Stuff.co.nz, 11 June 2017.