New Zealand’s migrant inflow continued to slow in August, though it remained positive.
Permanent & long-term arrivals exceeded departures by 900, compared to a 2200 margin in August 2003. Statistics NZ said the decrease was the result of 1000 fewer arrivals & 200 more departures.
The migration gain for the August year was 19,300, down 53% on the previous year’s 41,200 net inflow. It’s the first 12-month period since January 2002 that the net migration gain has fallen below 20,000.
Arrivals for the year fell by 13,700 to 82,500 while departures rose 8100 to 63,200. Non-NZ citizen arrivals were down 12,500, departures up 4500.
The net inflow from the UK was 9500, up 3%, while the net inflow from China fell from 13,600 to 4200 and the net inflow from Asia fell from 29,000 to 12,300. The outflow to Australia was 13,000.
152,100 short-term visitors arrived in New Zealand in August, up 12%, but total staydays fell 1% to 2.42 million. The average stay fell from 18 days to 16.
For the August year, visitor arrivals rose 12% (248,900 people) to 2.295 million.
Statistics NZ said more than 8 million people crossed the border in the August 2004 year â€“ almost twice New Zealand’s population of 4.061 million. The increase from 7 million to 8 million international passenger movements took just 9 months.