24 July 2008

The flock to Australia continues for Kiwis

According to figures released from Statistics New Zealand on Monday, the numbers of New Zealanders flocking to Australia has accelerated in the past year, reports the Dominion Post.

A net 31,900 migrated to Australia for the year to June 2008, making the migration numbers the highest since 1989. 

ANZ National Bank Chief Economist Cameron Bagrie told reporters he is concerned the loss of skilled workers to Australia may damage the New Zealand economy by creating a vacuum in the workforce.  However, Immigration New Zealand’s migration program is successfully recruiting overseas workers to emigrate to New Zealand and meet the needs of the workforce.

Mr Bagrie said New Zealanders were moving to Australia for obvious reasons; a booming economy, competitive salaries, low taxes and adventure.

New Zealand and Australia have a reciprocal visa-free agreement that allows citizens from both countries to live and work without restriction in either country.  For nationals from other countries looking to move to Australia, there are a number of visa options available, which are found under the General Skilled Migration category.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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