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Southern Man: South Africa: The Fast and the Furious

Posted by Iain on Aug. 11, 2017, 3:18 p.m. in South Africa

Grabbing a few hours away from the day job last week I found myself on a beautiful coastal golf course in Durban, South Africa, with a good friend squeezing in a round of golf. We had teed off at 8am, the sky was clear, the sun warmed my back and a gentle breeze wafted in off the Indian Ocean that lay one good shank away. The word ‘perfect’ came to mind – I was at peace with the world if not the golf (it is far from perfect) but perfect summed up how I felt about that morning and what I was doing. It was really wonderful being surrounded by wide open spaces, colourful birds, an almost cloudless sky and fresh air filling my lungs.

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**Newsflash Australia Blog: Australian Immigration Changes: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Posted by Myer on Aug. 3, 2017, 4:29 p.m. in Immigration

There seems to be a five-year cycle for governments to implement and then change immigration policy. Given the fact that it had been 5 years since the general skilled migration visa policy had been implemented in Australia [with the split long-term and short-term skills shortages list] and the advent of Brexit and Trump, the time was probably ripe for wholesale change. And change there was – on 17 April, the Australian Government implemented widescale reform to its immigration policy with further clarifications on 1 July. As a result, there’s been much confusion and speculation amongst the public [and also within our industry as well it has to be said] about the changes whether they be good, bad or simply ugly.

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Southern Man: Update on Immigration Rule Changes

Posted by Iain on July 28, 2017, 5:05 p.m. in Immigration

Earlier this week the media in New Zealand were abuzz with speculation that perhaps the Government was going to “back down” on their proposed changes to Skilled Migrant & Work Visa policies. As usual the twittersphere, Facebook, online migrant chat groups and forums went into frenzied overdrive and messages of hope to family and friends were sent around the world that it looked like the changes wouldn’t happen. Upon closer examination, however, it was clear what was being reported in the Press was a confused interpretation of what the Government had proposed and what is about to be rolled out on 28 August. Just for a change...

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Southern Man: Big Data

Posted by Iain on July 21, 2017, 3:13 p.m. in Education

New Zealand is using big data in some very interesting and to my way of thinking, positive ways. Take education for example... A recent study showed that by pulling together data commonly available about our lives, it is possible by looking at seven key factors which children at birth will have a very strong likelihood of ending up in prison or with a criminal conviction by the time they were 21. Seven factors...

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Southern Man: The General Election and Migration

Posted by Iain on July 14, 2017, 4:35 p.m. in New Zealand

With around eight weeks to go until the next General Election, a number of economists are warning the Government and those who would be Government, of the dangers of cutting back too hard on migration. The current Government has announced no change to skilled migrant numbers but they have signalled, and we are seeing, a fall in the number of international students who are coming to study in New Zealand. In terms of migration statistics they are “migrants” even though a significant proportion don’t remain here for more than a year or two. They all spend money however...

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