The number of foreigners arriving to live and work in New Zealand has increased for the highest amount in 16 months with most coming from the UK, India and China.
The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show that the month of June saw a seasonally adjusted net gain of 490 people, the highest since February 2011.
However, on an annual basis, however, more people departed than arrived. A net migration loss of 3,191 was recorded. There has been an annual net loss of migrants since the October 2011 year, peaking at 4,100 in the February 2012 year.
The net loss of migrants to Australia in the June 2012 year was 39,800, the same as in the April 2012 year and the highest ever recorded.
Annual net outflows of migrants to Australia have been at record levels in most months since the November 2011 year. Indeed, a record 53,800 left for Australia in June, offset by 14,000 arrivals from Australia. In both directions, most migrants were New Zealand citizens.
There were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom with 5,600, China with 5,200, and India with 5,200.
The stats also show that visitors to New Zealand numbered 151,100 in June 2012, some 4 % higher than June 2010, and 15% higher than June 2011.
‘The number of visitors arriving in June last year was affected by flight cancellations due to the ash cloud from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano. The 2012 figure is the second highest for a June month, after 2005 when the British Lions’ rugby tour boosted visitor numbers,’ said Population Statistics manager Andrea Blackburn.
More visitors arrived from Australia, up 15,900, and China, up 3,000, in June 2012 compared with June 2011, but fewer arrived from Malaysia which was down 1,300. The increase from Australia reversed June 2011′s decrease, down 11,400 compared with June 2010, which was caused by ash cloud flight disruptions.
In the June 2012 year, 2,636 million visitors arrived in New Zealand, up 5% from the June 2011 year. The largest increases were in visitors from Australia, China, France, and Malaysia. The largest decrease was in visitors from Japan.
New Zealand’s total population is projected to reach five million in the mid 2020s and six million in 2061. Currently 4.4 million people live in New Zealand, according to figures from the national population projections.
Population growth will slow as our population ages and the gap between the number of births and deaths narrows.
Figures also show that New Zealand’s population aged 65 years and over is projected to eclipse 1 million in the late 2020s, meaning that one in five New Zealanders will be aged 65 plus by the late 2020s.
The number of people aged 65 and over will exceed the number of children aged less than 15 years. Currently, there are 600,000 people aged 65 plus and 900,000 children.
‘These trends reflect much lower fertility rates in recent decades, and people continuing to live longer,’ explained Blackburn.