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Labour Party challenger Jacinda Ardern has become prime minister of New Zealand after reaching a deal with the New Zealand First party to run a coalition government. At 37, Ardern will become the youngest prime minister of New Zealand in modern times.
After an inconclusive election last month in which no party won a majority, the coalition government will blend the center-left Labour Party with the populist NZ First Party. Immigration was a hot-button campaign issue, as migration has reached record levels in recent years.
Positions on immigration:
BAL Analysis: While it’s too early to tell whether the new government’s immigration policies will significantly differ from established immigration policy of “Kiwis first,” the backing of NZ First does indicate that stricter immigration policies may be on the way, especially for lower-skilled workers. BAL is following developments and will report any significant changes.
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