The net inflow of migrants dropped slightly from April to May and fell 36 short of 72,000 for the year to May, according to Statistics NZ’s monthly figures released yesterday.
Statistics NZ also released a study yesterday of migrants from other countries using the easier entry to New Zealand as a backdoor way of getting into Australia (link below). That flow spiked in 2001, when Australia changed its welfare rules, and has fluctuated since.
The present rise in net immigration began in 2014 and the net inflow has doubled since then.
The annual net inflow hit 71,885 in April and rose to 71,964 in May, but the net inflow for the month of 3117 was down from April’s 3406.
Compared to last year’s figures, the monthly net inflow was up by 79 on last year and up by 3532 on the previous year.
The number of migrants arriving on student visas has dropped by 4000 to 23,700 for the year, principally affecting migration from India, which dropped by a net 4681. Net immigration from the UK jumped by 2592 to 6534 for the year, and from South Africa by 1801 to 4729. The net inflow from China was up by 551 to 10,218 for the year.
Net migration into Auckland for the month was 1899 (1493 last May), and for the year 36,270 (31,623).
Statistics NZ paper, 22 June 2017: Backdoor entry to Australia
Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.