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Annual net migration to Australia comes off record levels in year to May 2012, Stats NZ says; Net 39,600 cross the ditch, down from April year high

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Annual net migration to Australia came off record levels in the year to May 2012, Statistics New Zealand says.

"The net loss of migrants to Australia in the May 2012 year was 39,600. The highest-ever net loss to Australia was in the April 2012 year (39,800). Until this month, annual net outflows to Australia had been at record levels," Stats NZ said.

"In the May 2012 year, there were 53,400 departures to Australia, offset by 13,800 arrivals from Australia. Most migrants were New Zealand citizens," it said.

See the comments from Stats NZ below:

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (excess of arrivals over departures) of 200 migrants in May 2012. This follows a net loss of 800 migrants in April 2012 and a net gain of 200 migrants in March 2012. The latest figure is due to an increase in arrivals (up 600) and a decrease in departures (down 300) compared with April 2012.

In May 2012, migration to and from Christchurch returned to pre-quake levels. After the February 2011 earthquake, 800 Christchurch residents moved overseas in May 2011, compared with 500 in both May 2012 and May 2010. Four hundred migrants arrived from overseas to settle in Christchurch in both May 2012 and May 2010, compared with 300 in May 2011.

New Zealand had a net loss of 3,700 migrants in the May 2012 year. There has been an annual net loss of migrants since the October 2011 year, peaking at 4,100 in the February 2012 year.

The net loss of migrants to Australia in the May 2012 year was 39,600. The highest-ever net loss to Australia was in the April 2012 year (39,800). Until this month, annual net outflows to Australia had been at record levels. In the May 2012 year, there were 53,400 departures to Australia, offset by 13,800 arrivals from Australia. Most migrants were New Zealand citizens.

There were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom (5,500), India (5,200), and China (5,000).

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