New Zealand’s net migrant inflow has jumped from an annual rate which reached 50,000 in December, to a rate above 55,000 in the year to February.
The number of long-term immigrants has jumped by nearly 16,000 from the previous year to 112,614, while the departure rate has dropped by more than 10,000 to 57,493. The combination has resulted in an increase in the net inflow from 29,022 to 55,121.
The net inflow for the month of February was up from 5777 to 7101. The biggest net inflow in February in the previous 9 years was 3582 in 2009. The immigrant number in the latest count was up by 1000 to 11,985, while the departure rate for the month fell from 5116 – already the lowest level in a decade – to 4884.
The number of immigrants from Australia climbed from 20,667 in the previous February year to 23,571 while exits to Australia continued to decline, from just over 52,000 2 years ago to 35,665 last year and to 26,133 in the latest period – still 2562 above the inflow.
The net inflow from India has climbed well above the numbers from China – 11,786 for the latest year versus 7478 from China, while the net inflow from the UK continued to decline, from 5936 2 years ago to 5772 last year and to 5051 in the latest period.
The departure rate for NZ citizens continued to decline but was still a net outflow of 774 for the month, down from 1015 last year and 4125 4 years ago. For the February year, the net NZ citizen departure rate has fallen from 38,769 4 years ago to 17,786 last year and to 6649 for the latest period.
The net inflow of non-citizens increased from 46,808 last year to 61,770 in the latest period.
Attribution: Statistics NZ tables.