Numbers moving to New Zealand break annual and monthly records

by Ray Clancy on March 1, 2017

For the first time net immigration for New Zealand has exceeded 71,000 with the country continuing to see record numbers moving rather than leaving to work overseas.

The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show that in the 12 months to the end of January 2017 there was a net migration gain of 71,300. There was also a new monthly record with 6,460 arriving.

Statistics New Zealand population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said an increasing number of people are arriving in the country at the same time as fewer are leaving to live overseas.

Migrant arrivals numbered 128,300 in the January 2017 year with a fifth coming from Australia, while there was an increase of 13,200 from China and a rise of 5,200 from the United States.

Some 42,000 arrived with work visas, a rise of 4,200 while the number of international student fell by 3,600 to 24,300. The figures also show that the number of New Zealand and Australian citizens arriving increased by 1,700 to 37,900 and the number of residency visas increased by 2,600 to 16,700.

January was the fifth consecutive month when net immigration was above 6,000 and experts believe that a strong economy and jobs market is making the country very attractive. New Zealand’s economy is growing at 3% a year and is expected to accelerate. The country is also welcoming to new arrivals with a Government that believes that strong immigration flows are a measure of the country’s success and contribute positively to the wider economy.

‘We expect net migration inflows to remain strong for some time, with New Zealand’s positive economic story, including its labour market, making us a very attractive destination,’ said Satish Ranchhod, a Westpac senior economist.

Meanwhile, the number of people visiting New Zealand also increased to a record high over the 12-month period. There were 3.54 million, up 11% from January 2016. There was also a new monthly record with 381,100 visiting, also up 11% year on year.

Dolan said that the strong number of visitors arriving coincided with the Chinese New year with over 54,000 visitors from China arriving in New Zealand in January 2017.

International migration statistics rely on the information provided on passenger cards at the time of travel. The reported length of intended stay in New Zealand or time away from New Zealand determines whether the passenger is a visitor or migrant.

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