New Zealand's net population gain from migration was just 672 in November last year, down by 92% compared to the net gain of 8744 in November 2019.
According to Statistics NZ, there were 2802 long-term arrivals in November, down from 18,460 in November 2019, while 2131 people departed the country long-term (9716 in November 2019). That gives a net gain of 672.
Perhaps surprisingly, it was not the first time population growth from migration was so low at that time of year in recent years.
In November 2012 the net gain from migration was just 109, and there was a net loss of population from migration in November 2011 (-924) and November 2010 (-323),
Although migrant inflows were high in all of those years, outflows were also very high, causing a net loss of population from migration on several occasions.
There was a net gain of 1331 NZ citizens in November (1950 arrivals minus 620 departures), tempered by a net loss of 659 citizens of other countries (852 arrivals minus 1551 departures).
Those figures compare with a net gain of 1686 NZ citizens in November 2019 (4486 arrivals minus 2800 departures), and a net gain of 7058 citizens of other countries in the same month (13,974 arrivals minus 6916 departures).
By visa type, the biggest group were the 2054 NZ and Australian citizens who arrived in November (down from 4483 in November 2019), followed by 348 people who arrived on residence visas (down from 1428 in November 2019), 295 on visitor visas (4096 in November 2019), 77 on work visas (4483 in November 2019), and just 15 on student visas (1982 in November 2019).
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