Migration

New Zealand’s net migration up in September 2013

Thursday October 24, 2013 Hugh Dixon

15,790 more people arrived in New Zealand than left, for the year ending September 2013. According to Statistics New Zealand’s September 2013 international travel and migration data, New Zealand is seeing continued gains in net permanent migration, after recovering from negative net migration in 2011 and 2012.

 

 

Monthly net migration has been increasing since November 2012 when there was a net migration of negative 140.  A big part of this increase is the large decline in the number of New Zealanders leaving the country, with 5,270 leaving in September 2013, the lowest seen since January 2010.

 

Less New Zealanders are moving to Australia as there are fewer opportunities with the Australian economy struggling with lower demand for natural resources from countries such as China.  This is shown in the data with around 54,000 New Zealanders leaving for Australia in the year to September 2012, compared with only around 44,000 New Zealanders leaving for Australia in the year to September 2013.

 

However, Australia (44,000 people) is still the most popular destination of people migrating away from New Zealand in the year to September 2013, followed distantly by United Kingdom ( 8,100 people). 

At the same time the number of people migrating to New Zealand over the last year has been fairly consistent, with monthly totals for the last year ranging between 7,100 and 8,200, this has meant that 91,600 people have moved to New Zealand in the year to September 2013.

 

 

The main sources of people migrating to New Zealand are from Asia (28,000), where China (7,900) and India (6,400) are the dominant sources of migrants and from Europe (25,500) with the United Kingdom (14,200) the largest source of migrants.  Also in the year to September 2013 there has been an increasing number of migrates coming from Australia with 18,100 moving to New Zealand in the last year, up from 14,000 for the year to September 2012.  

Migrants arriving from Australia are generally New Zealanders returning home. 

 

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