New Zealand: A New Country for Indians
Indians have been migrating to other countries for many centuries. The traditional destination countries have been the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The migrants going from India to these countries were mostly white-collared professionals such as doctors, nurses, engineers, and lecturers. The migration patterns from India have changed and there were both white and blue-collar workers headed out with the latter targeting the Middle Eastern countries and their booming oil and construction industries. There was another interesting migration that occurred while the British were still ruling the Indian subcontinent when they forcefully took workers from India to places such as the West Indies, South America, South Africa, South East Asia, and a few other places. These families have now lived for many generations in these countries and identify strongly with their nation, but still maintain a cultural connection to India.
In more recent years the population of India has boomed and today the country can lay claim to having one of the youngest populations in the world. In an aging western world where there is a dramatic need for young and skilled workers, India has emerged as a top-level origin country attracting these skilled workers. India’s growing middle class adds to the exponential increase in outbound student mobility. Indian student mobility has historically been tied to work potential, and to perceptions of safety, factors which are in flux to varying degrees
Another phenomenon that has occurred over the last 30 years has been the dramatic growth of international education wherein universities in developed nations have sought to attract students from developing nations such as India and China. This in turn has led to temporary migration from India to new world destinations such as Canada, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, Russia, Europe, and New Zealand. Many of these young Indian students who go to these countries aspire to pick up work experience after the completion of their studies. And some of them even aspire to acquire residency and live there permanently. Hence any country that offers a very clear pathway of study followed by work experience and residency is becoming increasingly popular with Indian international students who then go on to become permanent residents in many instances.
As a result, New Zealand is now perceived by Indian migrants and students as an equally important destination in comparison to other countries. And the demand to migrate from India to New Zealand is only going to get stronger in the years to come. Truly New Zealand has emerged as ‘A New Country for IndiaNZ’.
The major reasons that accelerated the inflow of international students to NewZealand are:
- Globally Recognised World Class Institutions: All 8 universities of New Zealand rank in the top 3% in the world with globally recognized & respected qualifications. Also with unique courses designed to match the changing demand of the job market matching with practical teaching techniques and hands-on learning make students ready for the job market.
- Student Friendly Visa Procedure: New Zealand which besides offering a clear pathway from study to work to residency, also offers many advantages to Indian students and migrants.
- Post Study Work Visa Policy: This policy enables a student completing certain qualifications to stay-back on an open work visa for a certain period of time.
- Affordable Education with high education standards: Also, the safety of the country and the political stability are key factors for Indian students and migrants to choose New Zealand.
- Beautiful and Safe Environment: The image of the country as clean green and beautiful and also with no corruption is also a bonus to Indian students and migrants who wish to escape the bureaucracy, red-tapism, and corruption of the system.
Tucked away in the tranquil Pacific away from the wars and strife of the world, this idyllic nation was not initially on the radar of migrating Indians. However, there are many advantages to New Zealand which has seen it emerge as a strong contender for attracting talent from India. For instance, the friendly nature of the Kiwi people and the lack of racism is a big drawcard.
The government of New Zealand has also made major efforts for Indian migrants and students to position themselves as a viable alternative to more historic and popular destinations. New Zealand’s tackling of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the handling of other challenges by an extremely competent government and prime minister, has made New Zealand very attractive. The introduction of the New 2021 Resident Visa for migrants in New Zealand demonstrates the government’s desire to keep immigrants who assisted in the recovery of the country’s economy throughout the epidemic. One of the greatest countries to migrate to if you want a better living, more security, and a tranquil community, not to mention amazing career opportunities.