Population growth from migration is up 28.5% compared to pre-Covid levels, according to the latest estimates from Statistics New Zealand.
Statistics NZ estimates there was a net migration gain (migrant arrivals minus migrant departures) of 9464 in August this year, up by 28.5% compared to the net gain of 7364 in August 2019.
That comprised a net loss of 4083 NZ citizens as more New Zealanders moved overseas than arrived back in the country after an extended stay away, and a net gain of 13,547 non-NZ citizens.
In August 2019 there was a net gain of 520 NZ citizens and a net gain of 6844 non-NZ citizens.
Population growth from migration dropped to just a few hundred a month between April 2020, when pandemic-related travel restrictions were introduced, and October 2020, and turned negative in most months between November 2020 June 2022.
Migration growth then began to climb steadily from July 2022 as travel and migration restrictions were eased, with the net, monthly estimated population gain hitting 14,542 in March this year.
Annual increase a record high
In the 12 months to August this year Statistics NZ estimates there was a net population gain from migration of 110,200, an all time high.
It takes 16 months for Statistics NZ's migration figures to be finalised, and the early figures in particular can be subject to significant revisions, either up or down.
But even allowing for that, the latest estimates suggest immigration is now driving significant population growth.
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