19 Oct 2012

Slight migration gain last month

8:45 pm on 19 October 2012

More people moved to New Zealand in September than left the country.

Official figures show a seasonally adjusted gain of 100 people for the month, the fourth positive gain in the last seven months.

However, on an annual basis departures exceeded arrivals by 3280.

And New Zealand had a net loss of migrants to Australia over the year.

In the year to September, 53,700 people moved to Australia, and 14,200 arrived from the country, resulting in a net loss of 39,500 people for the period.

Most migrants, in both directions, were New Zealanders.

ANZ senior economist Mark Smith says arrivals are beginning to strengthen.

He says there's a little bit more uncertainty in terms of the global economy, and the Australian outlook in particular.

"It's likely to have contributed to a weakening in the labour market sentiment there, and employment as well, and as a result we're starting to see more New Zealanders return back to our shores."