The net annual inflow of migrants is down by 4000 compared to a year ago, and 4400 below the peak last July. But, as Statistics NZ pointed out today, 67,984/year is still an historically high migration level.
The net inflow in March was 959 short of the figure last March, the result of a drop of 121 in arrivals but, having greater impact, a rise in exits of 838.
On an annual basis, exits got down to about 56,000 2 years ago but have risen close to 63,000 in the last 12 months, while arrivals climbed over the 100,000 mark in 2015 and continued rising – to 124,000 in the March 2016 year, just under 130,000 the next year and just over 130,000 this year.
The net exit of NZ citizens was 701 in March and 1081 for the last 12 months on about 32-33,000 arrivals & departures.
Non-citizen arrivals rose by about 1240 over the last 12 months while departures were up nearly 5000.
From 2007-14, the net outflow of NZ citizens to Australia totalled 215,000. In the next 3 years it totalled only 14,000. In March there was a net outflow (NZ citizens & others) to Australia of 281. And for the 12 months to March? A net inflow from Australia to New Zealand of 8.
Statistics NZ said migrants arriving on work visas rose 6% in the March year to 46,338 (43,725), while there was a 13% fall in arrivals on residence visas to 14,590 (16,763). The largest numbers of work-visa migrants were the UK, France & Germany.
The Statistics NZ report made no mention of a Treasury paper published a week ago, which questioned the actual level of population growth in Auckland, in particular. You can see what that’s about in the separate article link below.
The bald statistics:
Net migrant inflow March: 3919 (4878 in March last year)
Net migrant inflow March year: 67,984 (71,932; 72,402 in the 12 months to July 2017)
Migrants into Auckland in March: 4603 (4748)
Migrants into Auckland in March year: 58,461 (57,710)
Net Auckland inflow in March: 2307 (2787)
Net Auckland inflow in March year: 34,448 (35,772)
Net outflow to Australia in March: 283 (112)
Net outflow to Australia in March year: 1018 inflow (8 inflow).
24 March 2018: Treasury paper questions Auckland’s actual population growth
Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.