New Zealand’s net migration inflow is back below the 2002 level after permanent & long-term departures outnumbered arrivals by 69 in April.
Arrivals have fallen for 14 consecutive months compared to a year earlier, while departures have been higher for 9 months, Statistics NZ said.
In April there were 1300 fewer arrivals & 1000 more departures. Non-NZ citizen arrivals were down by 1000, China accounting for half that drop.
The moving annual total has fallen 39%, from a net migrant inflow of 42,050 in the April 2003 year to 25,710 in the latest year. In the year to April 2002 the net inflow was 28,060 migrants.
Arrivals for the year fell by 12,000 to 86,200 while departures rose by 4400 to 60,500. NZ citizen arrivals & departures both rose by 600, but non-citizen arrivals fell by 12,600 & departures rose by 3800.
Arrivals from Asia fell by 33.4% over the year to 26,529, led by falls of 45% from China, 40% from the Philippines, 38% from Sri Lanka & 33% from India.
The net inflow from Asia was halved, from 32,100 to 16,500, led by a fall in net migration from China, down from 15,400 to 6700. The net outflow to Australia rose by 700 to 11,400, and the inflow from South Africa slumped, from 2300 to 1200. The net inflow of British migrants rose 28% to 9900.
Short-term overseas visitor arrivals rose by 23%, or 34,000, in April to 184,400, the biggest month-on-month percentage increase since April 1992. Visitors from Australia rose by 29%, or 17,400, and Asian short-term visitor numbers rose 33%, or by 10,300.The number of stay days for all visitor arrivals rose by 7%, but the average length of stay fell from 20 to 18 days.