New Zealand’s net migrant inflow continued to slide in September as more non-citizens left the country.
The net outcome for September compared to September last year was a decline of 555 – 11, 015 arrivals (11,121 last year), 4752 exits (4303), a net inflow of 6263 (6818).
For the September year compared to the previous 12 months, the inflow was 128,982 (131,598), exits 66,249 (60,612), net inflow 62,733 (70,986). The peak inflow was 72,402 in the 12 months to July last year.
The trans-Tasman tide, positive last year has turned outward: for the month, a net 204 exits (155 arrivals); for the year, a net 1575 exits (66 the previous year, a net inflow of 1965 2 years ago).
For the fourth year, there was still a net inflow of NZ citizens returning in September – 2542 in, 2528 out, a net gain of 14 (351 in September last year), but over 12 months the flow remains outward, though still low compared to an exit rate of nearly 40,000 6 years ago. For the last 12 months, 31714 NZ citizens returned, 34,481 left for a net loss of 2767.
The inflow of non-citizens remains close to 100,000/year – up 20,000 on arrivals 4 years ago, but the exits have risen by 10,000 over those 4 years. For the last 12 months, arrivals were 97,268 (99,579 the previous 12 months), exits 31,768 (26,956), net inflow 65,500 (72,623).
The shifting flows make a big difference to Auckland. Looking at the last 3 years, arrivals in September have fallen from 5365 to 5283 to 4840, while exits have risen from 1424 to 1734 to 1969. For the year, arrivals have risen from 53,844 to 59,618 then declined to 56,886, while exits rose from 32,768 to 36,404 then declined to 31,417.
The net outcome for Auckland for the month has been a decline from 3941 to 3549 to 2871, and for the year a rise from 32,768 to 36,404, followed this year by a decline to 31,417.
End of exit cards
From next month, passengers leaving New Zealand will no longer have to complete a departure card. Statistics NZ said yesterday it was developing provisional estimates to maintain timely statistics.
Attribution: Statistics NZ.