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New Zealand Sees a Record Number of Visitors, Workers and new Migrants

March 2017, 22
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New Zealand Sees a Record Number of Visitors, Workers and new Migrants
New Zealand is seeing continued record numbers of people arriving to visit, live and work in 2016 and 2017. Across the year February 2016 to February 2017 71,333 people settled in New Zealand, beating the 12 month period to January 2017 by 27. Actual migration in February 2017 eased slightly by 6000. Total arrivals was also a new record at 128,816 which included returning New Zealanders and more migrants with work visas. Student numbers did decline, however.

New Zealand population statistics explained that a third of all migrants for the 12 month period were those with work visas. A quarter of these migrants with work visas were from Europe, namely France and the UK.

There were departures – at just over 57,000 leaving, these were mostly migrants departing and not New Zealanders emigrating elsewhere.

The chief economist from Westpac Banking Corporation, the second largest bank in New Zealand, expects net migration to remain strong and boasted of New Zealand’s positive economy and labour market. New Zealand is currently an attractive destination for global travellers and workers.

Tourism is booming for New Zealand. The same 12 month period to February seeing 3.54 million tourists, 7000 more than the 12 month period to January 2017. Holiday makers travelled to New Zealand from all over the world but less in January from China due to the Chinese New Year celebrations. Travellers from the US and Europe rose 13 per cent for Europe and 28 per cent from the US compared to the previous 12 month period.

The senior economist from New Zealand’s largest bank ANZ joined his peer’s optimism giving the World Masters Games and British and Irish rugby tours credit for expected maintenance of the number of tourists and travellers.

New Zealanders themselves travelled more during the year, taking over 2 million holidays overseas. The most popular destinations for New Zealanders are Australia, Fiji, Britain and the United States.

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