Top source countries for migrant workers are not Asian A rise in work visas has been the driving force behind record immigration numbers but the main source countries are not from Asia. The top five source countries for work last year are the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, South Africa and the United States of America. The United Kingdom, which made up 16.6 per cent of work visas issued, has twice as many as those of Germany on 8.8 per cent. Australians do not require visas to work in New Zealand - the Statistics New Zealand figures however shows people coming from Australia as their last country of residence. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11842859 Despite China and India being among the biggest source countries for permanent residents, they are not among the top five for direct migrant workers. Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley said migrant from Asian countries were less likely to get direct access to New Zealand on skilled work visa. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11845658 It is easier for a politician to attack us based on our ethnicities than saying that immigration is a complex and nuanced issue which requires more evidence-based research and better use of data. We used the same data that politicians have been quoting for months now, the same data that has allowed them to make "record migration" an issue for election year. It is just that if you look deeply enough into the data, it shows that all policy proposals are more of a Band-Aid than genuine attempts at addressing the wider challenges posed by rising immigration numbers. Also, perhaps it is data which creates too much complexity for Peters to be able to blame the Asians.