Researcher: Asian migration not a concern

  • 28/10/2015

The lead researcher of a study into Asian migration is dismissing concerns it will put a strain on services.

The report focused on Asian immigration between the 2001 and 2013 Census.

It found regional New Zealand is becoming more diverse – but the study's author Dr Ward Friesen is confident New Zealand would be able to cope with demographic changes.

"It's something that we've already confronted, to some extent, in Auckland," he explained.

"In many cases the migrant increase has actually supported services; kept hospitals viable, and schools and the economy ticking over."