Immigration crackdown: Labour hasn't considered economic impact

Labour has admitted it hasn't weighed up the economic impact of its immigration crackdown.

More than 130,000 international students came to New Zealand to study last year.

The sector is our fourth largest export industry and now, the target of Labour's immigration crackdown.

Andrew Little wants to reduce the numbers by up to 22,000 and insists that won't hurt the economy.

But the economic impact of cuts in our international education could be significant.

In 2014, the sector was worth $2.85 billion. Now it's $4.5 billion, an increase of 58 percent.

Mr Little has a predictable supporter - Winston Peters, who agrees you can cut immigration without impacting the economy.

Labour's focus is on quality over quantity when it comes to immigration, but businesses Newshub spoke to today say they need low skill workers as Kiwis won't do those jobs.

Immigration is a divisive debate that will only heat up as we get closer to election day.