Economist Arthur Grimes has slammed those against immigration, as part of Q+A’s Our Future immigration special.
The economist, senior fellow at Motu Research and professor at Victoria University of Wellington has described peple who hold anti-immigration views as “xenophobic.”
“Anti-immigration is being xenophobic. Most of the people who are strongly anti-immigration are xenophobic.”
“It certainly doesn’t have a negative impact on the labour market and jobs or employment,” he told Q+A host Jack Tame.
However, when questioned whether there were any legitimate economic arguments against immigration, Grimes conceded the one area impacted is house prices.
“If we had a proper decent housing supply through the country, we’d be able to overcome that,” he added.
The professor concluded that while our current average intake is doable, surges - not the level of immigration, are what cause issues.
“It’s when it surges by an extra 50,000 in a year, that’s when housing and infrastructure and things can’t keep up.”
Our Future/Tō tātou anamata is an upcoming series of one hour Q+A specials devoted to a single topic, the first is immigration.
Watch tomorrow from 9am on TVNZ 1 and 1NEWS.co.nz.