New Zealand's population growth from migration was down 95% in February compared to February 2020.
According to Statistics NZ, there was a net migration gain of just 674 in February this year compared to a net gain of 14,874 in February last year.
All of the net gain came from returning New Zealand citizens while there was a net loss of citizens of other countries. A total of 1313 New Zealand citizens returned to the country long-term in February this year while 589 departed long term, giving a net gain of 724 New Zealand citizens for the month
However the figures show that the flows of New Zealand citizens returning are slowing.
The 1313 New Zealand citizens who returned long-term in February was down by two thirds compared to the 3989 who returned long-term in February last year, with long term departures of New Zealand citizens dropping from 2286 to 589 over the same period.
That meant the net gain of New Zealand citizens declined form 1704 in February last year to 724 in February this year.
There has been an even bigger shift in the number of non-New Zealand citizens arriving to and departing from these shores.
In February last year 17,393 non-NZ citizens arrived long term, but in February this year that number declined to just 935, while long term departures dropped from 4223 to 984 over the same period.
That saw the net change of non-NZ citizens fall from a net gain of 13,170 in February last year to a net loss of 50 in February this year.
On an annual basis there was a net gain of 17,428 people of all citizenships in the 12 months to the end of February, down by 80% compared to the net gain of 85,523 in the 12 months to February last year.
Annual population growth from migration is now at its lowest level since 2013.
The interactive charts below show the long term annual and monthly trends.
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