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ALOFI, Niue (September 12, 2002 – Niue Economic Review)---Niue's immigration laws are under review.

Cabinet Minister Fisa Pihigia has been made responsible for examining the existing legislation, which recently has led to confusion and the expulsion of several people from the island.

The immigration laws were previously under review by former Immigration Minister Robert Matua Rex who, in October 2001, publicly stated he was looking into legislation that would drop a work permit requirement for New Zealand citizens.

He stated at the time that the Cabinet had agreed to the suggestion on the basis that Niueans can go to New Zealand without a work permit and obtain a job but New Zealanders can't arrive in Niue and work without a permit.

"It's a one way thing at the moment. I think it’s unfair. Lets make it a reciprocal arrangement and have the complete freedom of our relationship," he told New Zealand reporter John Andrews last October.

Recently, a family of six and a pregnant Chinese woman were ordered to leave the country because they did not have work permits.

Niueans also are being warned not to sponsor people they do not know.

Niue has a visa free period of 30 days but requires all residents not of Niuean descent to obtain a work permit to engage in employment.

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