Short-term overseas visitor arrivals jumped 19% in July, but long-term immigrant numbers fell again.
Statistics NZ said the net permanent & long-term migrant gain for the July year was 20,600, 51% below the net inflow of 42,100 the previous year.
Arrivals fell by 9.7% (13,300) to 83,500 while departures rose 13.8% (8200) to 63,000.
700 fewer NZ citizens arrived while 3600 more left. 12,600 fewer non-NZ citizens arrived while 4700 more left.
There was a net gain of 12,400 from Europe, of whom 9500 came from the UK, slightly ahead of the previous year.
There was also a net gain from Asia â€“ 13,000, which was 17,000 below the level of the previous 2 years.
While there was a net gain of 3600 from South Africa, it was 1200 below the previous year & 2800 below the July 2002 year.
North American migration was down by 150 to 1500, but still 600 above the July 2002 year.
Departures to Australia have picked up again, by 3300 to 12,700, not quite up to the 13,400 of the July 2002 year.
The net migration inflow for the month of July was 1590, compared to 3020 in July 2003. Statistics NZ said the net gain from total migration was 22,020, up from 15,660 in July 2003 and down from the 37,250 of July 2002. For the July year, however, the net gain was only 7870, compared to 56,860 in 2003 & 63,590 in 2002.
Statistics NZ began looking more closely at those total migration figures, suspecting the long-term migrant numbers were not giving as accurate a picture of real movements, especially because of foreign students here long enough to be counted as long-term but really behaving short-term.
Short-term visitor arrivals rose by 27,800 to 173,300 in July. That included a 36% rise (18,800) from Australia and 98% rise (3200) from China.
The number of stay days for all visitor arrivals in July was down 2% to 3.3 million days. The average length of stay was 19 days, down from 23 days.