New Zealand’s net migrant inflow is back exactly where it was a year ago after the number of long-term migrants both in & out of the country changed by the same figure, 4886.
The identical rise in arrivals & fall in departures in the last 12 months left the net inflow at 70,354 for both the 2016 & 2017 November years.
The net inflow hit 72,402 in the July 2017 year and has been subsiding gradually since then.
Arrivals in November totalled 6751, down by 340 from a year earlier.
Arrivals from Australia slipped by 1000 over the year to 24,936 while exits to Australia rose by 830 to 24,916 – a net gain of 20 over the year, down from a net gain of 1830 in the previous 12 months.
For the last 4 years, there’s been a net gain of NZ citizens returning in November (745 this November, up from 637 a year ago), and the annual tallies have gone close to more Kiwis returning than leaving. From a net exit rate of 39,000 in the 12 months to November 2012, the net exit rate of Kiwis tailed off to just under 24,000 in the November 2013 year, about 8400 in 2014, 1899 in 2016 & 1309 in the last months.
Non-citizen net immigration climbed from about 31,300 in 2010 to 72,253 in the November 2016 year, but has declined to 71,663 in the latest 12 months. Immigrant numbers continued to climb (up 4300 over the year to 99,425), but exits climbed slightly more (up by just under 5000 to 27,762).
Migrants stating Auckland as their destination continued upward – 4902 (4843 last year) for the month, 59,759 (54,765) for the year. The net inflow to Auckland fell slightly for the month to 3253 (3316) but was still ahead over 12 months at 36,294 (33,536).
Attribution: Statistics NZ tables.