Net migration in New Zealand has shown a gain driven by non-New Zealand citizens, according to recent estimates released by Stats NZ. In the March 20
Net migration in New Zealand has shown a gain driven by non-New Zealand citizens, according to recent estimates released by Stats NZ. In the March 2023 year, there was a provisional net migration gain of 65,400, reversing the net migration loss of 19,300 in the previous year. The net gain of 65,400 consisted of 88,900 non-New Zealand citizens and a net loss of 23,500 New Zealand citizens. Notably, the migration gain for non-New Zealand citizens reached a record high, surpassing previous peaks in the March 2020 year. The increase in migration can be attributed to the progressive relaxation of COVID-19 border restrictions and changes to immigration policies.
Citizens from India, the Philippines, China, and South Africa played a significant role in driving the net migration gains. From Sri Lanka there was 1,275 in 2019 and increased to 2,989 in 2023. The data also revealed that most migrants arrived on temporary visas, with a majority entering on work or visitor visas. On the other hand, New Zealand citizens experienced a net migration loss, with 23,500 citizens leaving the country. This marks the largest annual net migration loss for New Zealand citizens since 2013.