New Zealand’s net inflow of migrants slipped below 69,000/year in February, for the first time since May 2016.
The pattern flowed through to Auckland, where arrivals were down & exits up slightly in February, resulting in the net inflow to the city falling just below 35,000.
The exit rate of NZ citizens for February was slim (a net outflow of 217) and was also small for the year (down from nearly 1700 the previous year to 813), but the net inflow of non-citizens also fell for the year, by 3300, to 69,756.
The departure rate of NZ citizens to Australia was again low for the month, a net outflow of 634, but up by 640 for the year to a net outflow of 4959, indicating that our western neighbour still hasn’t got its economic act together.
The figures (previous February or year to February in brackets):
February traffic: arrivals 12,761 (13,793), exits 5356 (5184), net inflow 7405 (8609)
February year: arrivals 130,966 (128,816), exits 62,023 (57,483), net inflow 68,943 (71,333)
Net trans-Tasman flows: February net outflow 188 (329), year 179 net inflow (1034)
NZ citizen net outflows: February 217 (397), year 813 (1687)
Non-citizen net inflows: February 7622 (9006), year 69,756 (73,020)
Auckland arrivals: February 5473 (6507), year 58,606 (57,156)
Auckland net inflow: February 3404 (4543), year 34,928 (35,313)
That non-citizen net inflow is the big change. Stats NZ said migrant departures for Asia were up 31% over the year to 11,700, while the overall net gain of migrants from Asia was 30,500 for the year.
Attribution: Stats NZ.