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New Zealand government may ease immigration for religious workers

06-18-2010 16:03 BJT

WELLINGTON, June 17 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government is reviewing immigration policies for religious workers in light of the country's growing ethnic diversity, reported Radio New Zealand.

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said it follows a steady stream of feedback from ethnic communities about the difficulties they face in getting religious leaders and workers into New Zealand.

He said as New Zealand becomes more ethnically diverse, it is important communities can have access to the priests, clerics and religious workers they need.

Religious workers make up a small proportion of the county's immigration case load, with about 10 people granted residency each year.

Dr Coleman said many religious leaders were granted only temporary permits.

"We're looking at whether it meets the needs of communities to get these people here for the longer term," he said.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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