Short-term stays up 4% for month, 5% for year
Migration figures continued to show a net inflow of permanent & long-term migrants in January, along with a rise in short-term visitor numbers.
Statistics NZ said that, for the month of January 2002, permanent & long-term arrivals exceeded departures by 4700, compared to a net outflow of 1900 in January 2001, the result of 3300 more arrivals & 3300 fewer departures.
Emigrants to Australia fell 2800, or 45%, but arrival numbers were steady. The result was a net outflow of 2000 (net outflow of 4900 in January 2000).
Net migrant gains came from China (1900), Britain (600), India (500) & Korea (500).
16,300 migrant inflow for January year
In the year ended January 2002, there was a net migrant inflow of 16,300, compared to a net outflow of 11,800 the previous year. The net inflow resulted from 20,400 more arrivals & 7800 fewer departures and was the first net inflow in a January year since 1998.
There was a net outflow to Australia (21,000), but net inflows from China (11,400), India (4400), South Africa (2900), Britain (2500), Fiji (2400) & Japan (2200).
New Zealand citizens making long-term returns home rose 2600 to 23,700 and non-New Zealand citizen arrivals rose 17,700 to 60,700.
New Zealand citizens departing for the long-term totalled 53,000, non-citizens 15,100, resulting in a net migrant outflow of 29,300 New Zealand citizens and a net inflow of 45,700 non-New Zealand citizens in the January 2002 year.
Short-term arrivals up 4% for month
Short-term overseas visitor arrivals topped 200,000 in a January for the first time, rising 7000, or 4%, to 204,700.
More visitors came from the United States (up 7000, or 38%), Britain (up 3000), Korea (up 2900) & Canada (up 1500), but fewer from Hong Kong (down 2400), Australia (down 1800), Japan (down 1500) & Germany (down 1400).
In the year ended January 2002, 1.917 million visitors arrived, up 99,000 or 5%.
There were more visitors from Australia (up 48,200), Korea (up 21,700), China (up 16,600) & Britain (up 7100), but fewer from Taiwan (down 7600), Japan (down 6500) & Thailand (down 6000).
New Zealand residents taking short-term overseas trips fell 7%, or 4700, in January, with departures to Australia down 11%, or 4400 — the bulk of the change. For the January year the fall was below 1%, or 5000, on total New Zealand resident short-term departures of 1.283 million.