“Borders were never designed to stop everyone from moving. It’s always a matter of who is moving to where, and why...”
In the lead-up to the 2017 election, immigration was a burning issue. Pundits declared, “It’s time for a national conversation about immigration ”, even while migration policy was vigorously debated in the media. Whether it was about record high arrivals, severe housing demand, or the investor visas provided to internet tycoons, we have hardly ceased to have a conversation about immigration. But who is the “we” having that conversation and who are the absent voices? What is the perspective of tangata whenua or migrants themselves? And how do our borders reflect or shape this conversation?
Join us for a panel discussion with Fair Borders? editor David Hall and contributors Andrew Chen and Arama Rata to discuss how New Zealand’s borders impact on its citizens, on recent immigrants, and on people who aren’t permitted to set foot on this land.