Short-term arrivals up 14%
The migrant inflow continued in March, but much of it is displacement. Short-term visitor arrivals also continued at a high level, rising 14% on the March 2001 figure.
Permanent & long-term arrivals in March 2002 exceeded departures by 1700, compared to a net outflow of 1900 the previous year — the result of 2100 more arrivals & 1600 fewer departures, Statistics NZ said on Friday.
In the March 2002 year, arrivals hit a new high of 88,400, up 21,900 on the March 2001 year. Departures were down 16,300, giving a net migrant inflow of 25,600 this time compared to a net 12,600 outflow in the previous year.
Half the 31,600 outflow went to Australia (16,100) while net inflows came from China (12,500), India (5100), Britain (3400), South Africa (3100), Fiji (2400) and Japan (2300).
New Zealand citizens returning long-term rose 3200 to 24,400, non-NZ citizens 18,700 to 64,000. New Zealand citizens making long-term departures fell 15,800 to 47,700, while 15,000 non-NZ citizens left long-term (down 600).
That gave a net outflow of 23,300 New Zealand citizens, while the net inflow of non-NZ citizens was 49,000.
Short-term overseas visitor arrivals in March rose 14% (25,600) to 202,500, which Statistics NZ was likely to be due in part to the early Easter.
In the March 2002 year, 1.955 million visitors arrived, up 6% (106,000). The big rises were from Australia (up 41,100), Korea (22,600), China (20,600) and Britain (16,700).
New Zealand residents left on 101,200 short-term overseas trips in March 2002, up 12% (10,500), the first monthly increase since last September, which Statistics NZ said might also be partly due to the Easter holidays.
In the March 2002 year, New Zealand resident short-term departures numbered 1.287 million, down 1% (8000) on the previous year.