Visitor and Migrant Numbers in New Zealand Continue Upward Trend

by mfefadmin on February 5, 2015

New Zealand continues to be a popular country for migrants and visitors with both groups seeing year on year growth, according to the latest official data.

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand were up by 5% in December 2014 year on year with China contributing the highest number, the figures from Statistics New Zealand show.

There were some 402,500 visitors in December and total visitor arrivals numbered 2.86 million in the December 2014 year and net migration exceeded 50,000 for the first time in a 12 month period.

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New Zealand recorded a net gain of 50,900 migrants in the December 2014 year, the first time net migration has exceeded 50,000

‘The number of visitors in December 2014 was the highest ever recorded for any month. China continued as the biggest source of growth, with 39% more arrivals from China than in December 2013,’ said population statistics manager Vina Cullum.

China also contributed the biggest annual increase in visitors, followed by Australia, the United States, and Germany.

The data also shows that New Zealand resident travellers departed on 230,800 overseas trips in December 2014, up 4% from December 2013. The annual increase was also 4% with New Zealand residents taking 2.27 million overseas trips in the December 2014 year.

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain, more arrivals than departures, of 4,100 migrants in December 2014. This gain was down from a peak of 5,200 in October 2014, due to fewer arrivals of non-New Zealand citizens.

Although the latest monthly gain was down compared with recent months, the annual net gain of migrants continued to increase due to the gain in December 2014 being higher than in December 2013. New Zealand recorded a net gain of 50,900 migrants in the December 2014 year, the first time net migration has exceeded 50,000.

A record number of migrants arrived in the December 2014 year at 109,300. There were more arrivals on student and work visas, and more New Zealand citizens arriving from Australia.

Fewer migrants departed in the December 2014 year at 58,400 compared with the December 2013 year. Departures of New Zealand citizens to Australia have halved over the last two December years, from 48,800 in 2012 to 23,700 in 2014.

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