The net migrant inflow continued to rise in March – a net 4051 for the month and the annual net inflow rising from 55,121 in February to 56,275. Immigration for the month rose to 9561 while emigration was steady at 5510.
The departure rate fell by 8500 to 57,514 for the year, while the arrivals rate climbed by 16,000 to 113,789, so the net annual inflow has reached an astonishing 97.85% of departures. That’s a rise from a net inflow of 31,914 in the March 2013 year, when the escalation was well under way, but that figure represented only 48.3% of departures.
In most years, even when arrival numbers have been high, the outflow has also been high. The latest arrival rate is up 35,000 on the rate a decade ago, but departures have been shrinking, 8500 lower in the last year.
Arrivals for the month from Australia were up from 2026 to 2117, taking the annual inflow across the Tasman to 23,662. Exits to Australia, at 25,990, were down by 8000 on the previous year and half the level of 2 years earlier, but there was still a net outflow to Australia – 352 for the month, 2328 for the year (down from 12,856 the previous year, 35,518 2 years earlier).
There was also still a net outflow of NZ citizens, 1103 for the month, 6409 for the year (down from 16,029 the previous year, 35,447 2 years earlier).
Other major sources of migrants are India, up 36% to 1297 for the month, and up 82%, from 7350 to 13,342 for the year, with a low exit rate; China, up 27% for the month to 910, and up 16% for the year to 10,014; and the UK, down marginally to 863 for the month, and also slightly down for the year to 13,647.
A high proportion of the Indian migrants have been on student visas (included in the long-term tally), up from 4770 the previous year to 10,238 in the latest 12 months. Chinese student numbers are much lower at 4759 for the year. Overall, student visa numbers rose 52% in the last year to 25,491.
Migrants coming into Auckland were up 21% for the month to 4158, and up 20% for the year, by 7912 to 47,670, for a net gain of 25,987 for the year. Migration into Canterbury was up 17% for the month to 1020, and up 10% for the year to 11,053, for a net gain of 6285 for the year.
Attribution: Statistics NZ tables.