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  1. #1
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    Default Is growth a good thing?

    Restricting the number of immigrants has been mentioned a lot lately.
    The most common view expressed has been to stop all immigrants coming to NZ.
    This leads me to the question about population growth.
    Is it better to have an increasing population or a decreasing population?
    Or better to have a static population?
    I'm currently thinking in favour of an increasing population.
    I think a country improves in many ways with population growth.
    Of course, that country would have to have a wise government to handle the growth in a positive way.

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    You've nailed it with the last sentence.
    We all know that many parts of NZ's infrastructure are groaning and cracking with the strain.
    Something a wise govt. (an oxymoron) would have avoided with careful planning.
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    It's not as easy a scenario as many of those who want to turn off the tap would have us believe. We have an aging population. We also have a well educated population. Neither of those point to a population maintaining. So what do you do? Only let people in when someone leaves? Doesn't wok at that scale. Also if you try to maintain status quo you can fall behind unless your education system is world class and productivity increases dramatically.
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    All things being equal.....
    I think you would enjoy life more in a country with a large population than in a country with a low population.
    Open those borders!

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    There should be some balance. But the economy moves faster than policy. We swung quickly from a net deficit to "too many people". What happens if we put skills limitations in place and it swings the other way again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Kane View Post
    All things being equal.....
    I think you would enjoy life more in a country with a large population than in a country with a low population.
    Open those borders!
    Glib nonsense.

    Why would I enjoy living in a country with a large population?
    Squadly dinky do!

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    Indeed. There are those places elsewhere, to choose from.

    As for skills limitations, that expression and context may be deceptive. It is the ones coming in who are largely devoid of skills who are seen as a potential problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davo36 View Post
    Glib nonsense.

    Why would I enjoy living in a country with a large population?
    Wonderful.
    It took a while but you've finally joined in.

    A large population has more choices.
    If you don't want to experience anything new, then live in a small town.
    This suits some people.
    Equally, if you want to experience more than you currently have, travel to a bigger place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    It is the ones coming in who are largely devoid of skills who are seen as a potential problem.
    They would match 30% of our secondary school leavers and no-one seems to mind their lack of skills.
    These unskilled immigrants are motivated to work which makes them more valuable than some who are born here.

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    To quote -

    All things being equal.....
    I think you would enjoy life more in a country with a large population than in a country with a low population.
    Maybe this is a provocative statement and an attempt to get people to contribute to the thread? Obviously the answer to this question is dependant on the person.

    To contribute, do you think that the tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands?) of people that move to NZ or want to move to NZ move here (or want to move here) because they enjoy living in countries with large populations so much? I don't think so......


 

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