28 September 2010

Statistics show most new migrants want to take New Zealand Citizenship

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New figures show that 78.4 per cent of new migrants had gained or intended to apply for New Zealand citizenship three years after being granted permanent residence, Statistics New Zealand revealed.

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Most new migrants to New Zealand make it a permanent move, new statistics have shown.

The statistics are the latest as part of the longitudinal survey that traces the pathways of migrants and to produce a detailed, ongoing information base of their experiences and settlement outcomes. Migrants are interviewed at six, 18, and 36 months after they have taken up permanent residence in New Zealand.

The findings are used to inform immigration policy, particularly in the areas of New Zealand immigration selection and settlement policies.

Migrants from South Africa (93.3 per cent), the Pacific (93.0 per cent), and South Asia (86.5 per cent) were more likely to have gained, or want to apply for, New Zealand citizenship than migrants from other regions.

The survey also found that more than nine out of ten migrants were either satisfied or very satisfied with life in New Zealand (93.8 per cent at wave 1 and 92.3 per cent at wave 3), although there was a decrease in the proportion of migrants who were very satisfied from 44.7 per cent at wave 1 to 35.5 per cent at wave 3.

The wave 1 interviews were conducted between 1 May 2005 and 30 April 2007, the wave 2 interviews between 1 May 2006 and 30 April 2008, and the wave 3 interviews between 1 November 2007 and 31 October 2009.

The full report can be viewed here.

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