Stay-home Kiwis also boost tourism & property
Immigrant numbers hit a record 86,300 in the February 2002 year. Combined with fewer departures, the net migrant inflow was 21,990 — a turnaround of 35,200 from the outflow of the previous year.
Short-term visitor arrival numbers were also up — by 6% for both the month of February & year to February. It was the first February in which short-term visitor numbers exceeded 200,000 (the previous February the number was 200 short).
The increase in short-term arrivals & decrease in short-term departures is doubly good news for the tourism industry.
The same picture — more arrivals, fewer departures — in the long-term count is equally good news for the property industry.
Statistics NZ http://www.stats.govt.nz released its monthly migration tally today.
In the month of February, long-term arrivals exceeded departures by 4200, compared to a net outflow of 1500 a year earlier.
Arrivals up 24% for year
For the February year, the 86,300 arrivals was a 24% (20,8000) increase and the 64,320 departures an 18.3% (14,400) decrease.
There was still a net outflow to Australia, but it fell from 31,500 to 17,300. Net inflows came from China (11,900), India (4800), South Africa (3000), Britain (2900), Fiji (2400) & Japan (2300).
Returning New Zealand citizen numbers rose by 3000 to 24,100, but departures of 49,300 meant a net outflow of 25,200.
Non-citizen arrivals of 62,200 were up 17,800, against 15,000 non-citizen departures, resulting in a net inflow of 47,200 non-citizens.
Short-term-arrivals totalled 1.93 million for the year, up 6% (105,000), and for the month 212,200. February was the fifth consecutive month in which fewer New Zealanders took an overseas trip — down 8% (5800) to 62,500. Departures to Australia accounted for most of this fall (down 4300 or 11%).
New Zealand resident short-term departures fell 1% (18,000) over the year, to 1.3 million.