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Expats are driving New Zealand’s population up, official data shows

by Ray Clancy on February 11, 2019

New Zealand’s population is set to reach five million late this year or early in 2020 with people moving to live and work the biggest contributor to the increase, officials suggest.

The population reached 4.9 million at the end of September 2018, according to data from Statistics New Zealand and is currently increasing by one person every five minutes.

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In the 12 months to September 2018, the population increased nearly 90,000 and the figures show that more than two thirds of that was from migration.

It shows just how popular New Zealand has become with people wanting to move there from all over the world. During the 20th century, natural increase was the main factor lifting New Zealand’s population, but in the last five years, migration has been the dominant factor driving population growth. [click to continue…]

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