New Zealand’s net annual migration gain dropped to 30,080 in February as long-term arrivals fell for the 12th month and departures rose for the 7th month.
There was still a migration gain in February but it was almost halved â€“ 3440, compared to 6690 in February 2003. In February 2002 the net inflow was 4180.
The net inflow for the year was 28% lower than the February 2003 year’s 41,560 but 37% above the February 2002 year’s 21,990. Long-term arrivals fell 9.7% to 89,120 while long-term departures rose 3.5% to 59,040. NZ citizen movements cancelled each other out, arrivals rising by 1600 and departures falling by the same number.
Non-NZ citizen arrivals fell 11,200 and departures rose by 3500.
For the year, there were net inflows from Britain (up 51% to 10,400), China (8300), India (4500) and Japan (2000) in the year ended February 2004. There was also a substantial net inflow from the United Kingdom (10,400).
The net outflow to Australia was 10,600, compared to 11,500 the previous year & 17,300 in the February 2002 year.
Short-term overseas visitor arrivals rose 7%, or by 15,800, in February to 238,000 (with an extra day for them to arrive; take away the extra day and Statistics NZ said the rise would have been only 3%).
The change in timing of the Chinese New Year, from February in 2003 to January in 2004, was given as a likely reason for some of the drop in visitors from China & Hong Kong. Almost all of the drop in visitor arrivals from the United States was due to fewer cruise ship passengers.
For the February year, visitor arrivals rose 4% or 74,500 to 2.146 million.