New Zealand’s net inflow of migrants fell to 357 in May – 860 arrivals, 503 departures – because of border & travel restrictions related to Covid-19.
But Statistics NZ’s estimates of net annual migration have kept rising – from 71,456 for the year to March, to 76,554 for the year to April, to 80,709 for the year to May.
The latest annual estimate represents a 58% jump from 50,994 in the previous 12 months, to May 2019.
For the month of March, the provisional estimate was a net inflow of 8463. For April, the estimates were 729 arrivals, 681 departures for a net inflow of just 48, so the net arrivals for May represent a jump from the first month of Covid-19-affected travel movements.
Over the previous 6 years, the average net inflow for May was 2100.
Statistics NZ switches between net migrant figures and total arrivals (including short-term visitors) in its report for the month. For June, its provisional data shows total arrivals (short-term & migrants) exceeding 9000, with no estimate for migrants.
Attribution: Statistics NZ.