The net emigration rate of New Zealand citizens shrank by another 470 in the year to September, while the net immigration rate of non-citizens rose by 560.
For the last 3 Septembers, returning Kiwis have outnumbered those leaving long-term – from 44 2 years ago to 524, then 351. For the September year, departing Kiwis numbered 52-62,000 in 2011-13, but have been below 40,000/year for the last 4 years, down to 33,348 last year and rising slightly this year to 33,656.
The result has been a decline in the net outflow of Kiwis from almost 40,000/year 5 years ago to just below 10,000 3 years ago, and continuing steadily downward to 2108 last year, 1637 this year.
On the non-citizen side of the ledger, the net inflow dipped this September to 6467 (7380 a year earlier).
The number of immigrants stopping in Auckland in September fell slightly to 5283 (5365), while departures rose to 1734 (1424). For the year, arrivals in Auckland were up by nearly 6000 and departures also rose, by 2000, for a net gain of 36,404 (32,768).
The bald statistics:
Net migrant inflow September: 6818 (7904 in September last year)
Net migrant inflow September year: 70,986 (69,954 for the previous 12 months; 72,402 in the 12 months to this July, 72,072 to August)
Migrants into Auckland in September: 5283 (5365)
Migrants into Auckland in September year: 59,618 (53,844)
Net Auckland inflow in September: 3549 (3941)
Net Auckland inflow in September year: 36,404 (32,768)
Net outflow to Australia in September: 155 (447)
Net outflow to Australia in September year: 66 inflow (1965 outflow).
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Attribution: Statistics NZ.