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8:17 am, December 14th, 2016 - 88 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, education, employment, im/migration, uk politics - Tags: education, exploitation, foreign students, migrants, workers
Unfortunately this won’t be news to a lot of people (good work by Olivia Carville in The Herald):
Uncovered: Exploitation of migrant workers rife in NZ
Widespread migrant exploitation has been uncovered in New Zealand with a new report stating workers have been unpaid, denied toilet breaks and subjected to threats and abuse by Kiwi bosses.
More than 100 migrant workers who have fallen victim to exploitation and human trafficking in New Zealand have relayed disturbing accounts of abuse to Auckland University researcher Dr Christina Stringer.
Workers claimed their passports have been confiscated, their movements have been restricted and they’ve been forced to work up to 18 hours a day and live in overcrowded, substandard accommodation.
Some reported being propositioned for sex by employers while others said New Zealand authorities had refused to listen to their pleas for help because they didn’t have the right documentation.
Two interviewees said they felt like they were “prey,” while another commented: “I feel like they own me because of visas.”
The report marks the first independent evidence-based research of its kind in the country. …
Read on for plenty more details. Then put it together with the same kind of nonsense in the private education sector:
Student visa fraud: ‘It’s not about education’
Written answers to parliamentary questions by Cunliffe have also established that Immigration NZ has 13 live investigations into potential student visa fraud at 12 tertiary education organisations (TEOs).
19 PTEs are classified by the Tertiary Education Commission as ‘high-risk’, with five ongoing Serious Fraud Office investigations and two providers at risk of default.
58 TEOs were investigated for potential probity (honesty) or major education delivery issues by either TEC or NZQA in 2015 (up by 61 per cent from the previous year). There were 46 investigations underway at August 1 this year.
Cunliffe argues that these figures don’t even scratch the surface of the real problem, which he puts down a lack of monitoring and enforcement. …
NZ dream turns to nightmare for international students
The cash-for-job scam is now so common that Immigration New Zealand is investigating 55 possible cases. Anderson says the going rate for a “job letter” in Auckland is $20,000 to $25,000, but she has heard of payments up to $40,000.
Researchers say evidence has been building for years that foreign students are working in substandard conditions in the hope of winning long-term residency.
Collins points the finger at politicians, who he says are far too focused on getting revenue out of students, without considering their welfare. “The Government is quite clearly utilising various mechanisms… so that students can work in order to promote the export education scheme – that is to make money out of it and to use students as a commodity in that sector.” …
So the exploitation of migrants is “widespread”, arguably in the case of foreign students it is enabled by government policy. This paints a shameful picture of New Zealand. Greed has made us forget who we were.