There has been a strong increase in population growth from migration, with Statistics New Zealand estimating a net gain of 53,810 people in the 12 months to the end of August, up 9.4% compared to the previous 12 months.
That was the result of 149,834 people arriving in this country on a long-term basis in the 12 months to August, compared to 139,095 in the previous 12 months, (up 10,739 or 7.7%). Meanwhile 96,025 people departed long-term, compared to 89,898 (-6.8%) over the same period last year.
The country suffered a net loss of 13,577 New Zealand citizens in the year to August, almost double the net loss of 7265 in the year to August 2018 and more than three time the net loss of New Zealanders in the year to August 2017. There was a net gain of 67,387 citizens from other countries, which was up 19.3% on the previous 12 months.
China remained the biggest source of migrants in the 12 months to August with a net gain of 10,406 from that country, and another 699 from Hong Kong, followed by South Africa 9438, India 8345, the Philippines 7055 and Australia 4989.
The number of UK citizens settling here was relatively low, with a net gain of just 1647 in the 12 months to August, fewer than the net gain from the USA of 031, Samoa 2245, and Fiji 1826.
Of the 149,834 people who arrived for the long-term in the 12 months to August, 44,311 were Australians or returning New Zealanders, 32,989 were on work visas, 31,174 on visitor visas, 27,297 on student visas and 12,836 on residence visas.
However Statistics NZ's migration estimates can be unreliable and the above figures are provisional and may subject to substantial revisions for up to six months after publication.
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