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Immigration continues to boost the size of New Zealand’s population

by Ray Clancy on August 22, 2018

People moving to New Zealand to work and live continue to be the main driver behind the nation’s rising population, edging towards five million, the latest official figures show.

As of the end of June 2018 the country’s population was 4,885,300, which is the equivalent of adding the population of the Waikato region since 2013, according to the data published by Statistics New Zealand.

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‘Net migration has been the main driver of population growth in recent years, reaching a peak of 72,400 migrants in the July 2017 year,’ population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers said.

A breakdown of the figures show that the population grew 1.9% in the 12 months to June 2018, down slightly from 2.1% in the same month in 2017. But Theyers pointed out that these growth rates are high by historical standards and compare with the latest growth rates of 1.6% for Australia and 1.2% for the global population. [click to continue…]

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