News | Business
24 Oct 2017 11:47
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • News
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Business

    Migrants and tourists still flocking to NZ

    Migrants and tourists continued to flock to New Zealand in record numbers in the year to February, although the net inflow shows signs of levelling off.

    21 March 2017

    Migrants and tourists continued to flock to New Zealand in record numbers in the year to February, although the net inflow may be showing signs of levelling off.

    Annual net migration rose to a record 71,333 in the 12 months ended February 28, up from 67,391 in the same period a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said.

    The number, however, was on a par with the previous annual record set in January.

    People arriving as permanent and long-term migrants outnumbered those departing by 128,816 to 57,483 in the latest 12 months.

    Of those arriving, 57,156 were bound for Auckland while 9970 were headed to the capital city of Wellington. In the South Island, 12,720 were bound for Canterbury. In terms of departures, 21,843 left Auckland while 5884 left Canterbury.

    "About a third of all migrant arrivals for the year were people coming to New Zealand on work visas," population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said. "Just over a quarter of all work-visa migrants were from the United Kingdom and France."

    Westpac Bank acting chief economist Michael Gordon doesn't expect the numbers to dip any time soon. "We expect net migration inflows to remain strong for some time, with NZ's positive economic story, including its labour market, making us an attractive destination," he said.

    China continued to make up the biggest source of permanent and long-term arrivals on residence visas, rising 26 per cent to 3508, while the total residence visas rose 17 per cent to 16,833. Work-visa migrants from the UK rose 12.2 per cent to 7210 while those from France rose 15.1 per cent to 3441.

    Short-term visitor arrivals, which include tourists, people visiting family and friends and people travelling for work, reached 3.544 million in the year ended February, up 10.7 per cent from a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said.

    That number also equalled the previous annual record set in January 2017. Visitors from Australia rose 5.3 per cent to 1.42 million while visitors from China were up 9.4 per cent to 402,832. Visitors from India jumped 14.8 per cent to 53,424 while visitors from Hong Kong were up 23.1 per cent to 46,288.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Business News
     24 Oct: Fletcher's trading halt ahead of AGM
     24 Oct: Vocus puts Orcon up for sale
     24 Oct: Kiwi near five-month low
     23 Oct: Vocus aims to sell NZ business by June
     20 Oct: Shares rise as weak dollar helps companies
     20 Oct: Right to reject media merger, court hears
     20 Oct: Auckland Airport spend under microscope
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Duffie, Tamanivalu keep Savea on the outer More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Fletcher's trading halt ahead of AGM More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Peter Dinklage has become a dad for the second time 11:34

    Living & Travel:
    French President Emmanuel Macron's dog Nemo interrupts meeting to pee on fireplace 11:17

    International:
    James Toback: Who is the latest Hollywood mogul accused of sexual harassment? 11:17

    Law and Order:
    Thames attempted murder accused in court 11:07

    Entertainment:
    Liam Payne has praised his girlfriend Cheryl Tweedy as a “fantastic” mum 11:04

    Law and Order:
    Murder-accused to face Hamilton jury 10:47

    Entertainment:
    Kit Harington “cried” when he read the final ‘Game of Thrones’ script 10:34

    Business:
    Fletcher's trading halt ahead of AGM 10:27

    Business:
    Vocus puts Orcon up for sale 10:07

    Entertainment:
    Jennifer Aniston hopes ‘Friends’ will “inspire people” to put down their phones and communicate with one another 10:04


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd