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New Zealand matches immigration record

Staff Writer | October 3, 2016
The latest data from Statistics New Zealand reveal a record-equaling annual net gain of 69,100 migrants in the 12 months to August 2016, the same as the previous annual record from June 2016.
Oceania   Migrant arrivals reached 125,000 in the August
Migrant arrivals reached 125,000 in the August 2016 year, setting a new August year record. Returning New Zealand citizens accounted for a quarter of all migrant arrivals. Migrant departures were 55,900 in the same period, with New Zealand citizens contributing 60% to all migrant departures.

Seasonally adjusted figures showed a net gain of 5,600 migrants in August 2016 and since reaching a peak of 6,200 in November 2015, the seasonally adjusted net gain in migrants has averaged 5,700 a month.

The largest number of arrivals are from Australia with some 1.38 million arriving in the year to August 2016, an increase of 81,100. This was followed by Chinese arrivals at 404,200, up 83,700 and then the United States at 266,300, up by 30,000.

The figures relating to visa type show where people moving to New Zealand come from. Overall the number of work visas were up by 3,700 to 39,600 and residence visas up 1,900 to 15,700.

People arriving on work visas, including working holidaymaker visas, mostly came from the UK, France, Germany and Australia while those with residence visas mostly came from China, the UK and Samoa.

More people are also choosing to visit New Zealand for a holiday or to visit family and friends, the data also shows. There were 221,200 visitor arrivals, also a new record for the month of August and up 9% year on year.