24 November 2008
Record numbers of Kiwis jumping the ditch to Australia
A massive recruitment drive by the Australian government to lure more Kiwis across the Tasman is proving to be successful, reports Radio New Zealand.
Statistics New Zealand released figures that show 34,600 New Zealanders chose to move to Australia in the year to October 2008.
New Zealand has not had Australian emigration numbers reach these levels since the January 1989 and December 1979 years.
Statistics New Zealand principal demographer Mansoor Khawaja said the recruitment drives in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia are clearly succeeding in their attempts to plump up their workforce with New Zealanders.
Mr Khawaja said Kiwis are attracted to the competitive salaries, Australian climate, low taxes, and the opportunity to work in larger companies in Australia, but that they may be inclined to return to New Zealand if the Australian economy is more affected by the global recession.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with emigrating to Australia.
Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.