21 May 2012

Biggest monthly migration fall for 11 years

12:39 pm on 21 May 2012

New Zealand recorded its biggest monthly migration loss in more than 11 years in April.

Statistics New Zealand figures show long-term departures outnumbered arrivals in April, with a seasonally adjusted net loss of 850 people, compared to a gain of 230 in March.

It was the biggest monthly loss since February 2001.

The number of immigrants has been slowing, while more New Zealanders have been moving to Australia seeking higher wages and better job opportunities.

On an annual basis, there has been an actual loss of 4000 people.

Meanwhile, the number of short-term visitors fell by 1% in the year to April, which reflects the earlier Easter and Australian school holidays, which saw more people travelling in March.

For the year, visitor numbers rose rose 4% to 2.62 million, with more travellers from China.