Justifying Inequalities: Multiculturalism and Stratified Migration in Aotearoa/New Zealand

  • Rachel Simon-KumarEmail author
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


This chapter questions the future of inclusive diversity and multiculturalism in contexts where migrant statuses are increasingly stratified and unequal. It analyses transitions in the policy discourses of multiculturalism and diversity in Aotearoa/New Zealand over a period of two decades, highlighting the growing stratification of migrants into distinct intersectional ‘categories’ within current policy and public discourse: precarious migrants, permanent residents and the super-diverse. Pointing to a shift from ‘inclusive’ to ‘targeted’ multiculturalism after 2008, the chapter identifies the needs and entitlements of each group and the potential conflicts in their claims for rights. The conclusion offers some critical reflections for reconsidering contemporary multicultural policy.


Diversity Quality Multiculturalism High value Precarious Super-diverse Inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Population HealthUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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