Join us for the London launch of a new book on the economic impact of migration. Deputy High Commissioner Mr Rob Taylor will be giving a welcome to guests. Authors Julie Fry and Hayden Glass will present their work and host a discussion.
Migration and the movement of people is one of the critical issues confronting the world’s nations in the twenty-first-century. It is a tough time for optimists. Europe is experiencing its largest inflows of refugees since the Second World War. Countries that were previously welcoming are increasing restrictions even for the most economically-desirable migrants. Migration is an even more contentious topic than usual.
This book is about a small piece of a very large debate: the economic contribution of migration to and from New Zealand. Can immigration, in economic terms, be more than a gap filler for the labour market and help as well with national economic transformation? And does the substantial population of New Zealanders in London or Australia help out economically?
Building on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of New Zealand as a place ‘where talent wants to live’, this book explores how it can attract skilled, creative and entrepreneurial people born in other countries, and whether its ‘seventeenth region’ – the more than 600,000 New Zealanders living abroad – can be a greater national asset.
- Julie Fry and Hayden Glass, “Going Places: Immigration, emigration and the future of New Zealand”, forthcoming on March 14 2016 from Bridget Williams Books. Find out more.
Meet the authors:
Julie Fry is a consulting economist and World Class New Zealander who divides her time between New York and a family farm near Motueka. She has worked on migration policy issues since the early 1990s, designing programmes and advising agencies including The Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri, and HM Treasury in London. Julie has Masters degrees in economics from both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, and she received a Nuffield Fellowship to research discrimination issues at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
Hayden Glass is a consultant with the Sapere Research Group, an Australasian firm with its headquarters in Wellington. He has long been interested in the economics of immigration and has worked on various aspects of the issues over time, including for The Treasury and for MBIE. Hayden is also the COO of Figure.NZ, a social enterprise focused on making New Zealand’s public data easier to find and easier to use in pursuit of a country where everyone uses data in their daily lives. Hayden has a Masters in Law and a BA from Canterbury University. He has also studied mathematics and economics.