New Zealand and Australia step up nationalist rhetoric with visa curbs on skilled workers

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday abolished a temporary work visa popular with foreigners, replacing it with a new programme. New Zealand also tightened access to skilled work visas, taking a “Kiwis-first approach.”

The changes are likely to effect small businesses and Australian tech start-ups, industry officials said, but both countries will continue to see a surge in foreigners.

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