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Highest-Ever Annual Net Inflow of Migrants

Highest-Ever Annual Net Inflow of Migrants

“New Zealand had its highest-ever net gain of 43,500 migrants in the August 2014 year,” population statistics project manager Susan Hollows said. “The previous high of 42,500 migrants was in the May 2003 year.”

The new net migration record was driven by more arrivals and fewer departures of permanent and long-term migrants.

Migrant arrivals reached a new high of 103,900 in the August 2014 year. The increase in arrivals compared with the August 2013 year was led by more students, particularly from India, and more New Zealand citizens arriving from Australia.

The fall in migrant departures was primarily due to fewer departures of New Zealand citizens to Australia (down 15,100), compared with the August 2013 year. The net loss of 6,500 people to Australia in the August 2014 year was the smallest since the January 1995 year (6,200).

For the August 2014 month, New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 4,700 migrants. This equalled the record net gain of 4,700 migrants in February 2003.

New Zealand Statistics