26 August 2008

Number of NZ emigrants to Aus reaching "city-like proportions"

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Recent figures released from Statistics New Zealand show the number of Kiwis migrating to Australia has reached city-like proportions.

Dr Lockwood Smith, spokesman for the New Zealand National Party, commented in a press release last week that the number of new Zealanders migrating to Australia in the past twelve months is enough to populate an entire city. 

Of the 80,872 people who emigrated from New Zealand in the year to July, 45, 731 moved to Australia.  According to Dr Smith, this is just 4,000 people short of being enough people to technically populate a city. 

However, Statistics New Zealand have also said more people are migrating to New Zealand than ever before, making the permanent and long-term (PLT) migration gain increase to record levels.  Net PLT migration levels have increased in three of the past five months compared with the same months last year. 

For the month of July 2008, the number of short-term arrivals also increased by 2 per cent to reach 175,700 people.  The number of visitors from Australia during July increased by 2 percent, while the number of visitors from France increased by 55 per cent, when compared with the same period in 2007.

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Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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