Population growth from migration continues to tick along at very low levels, with a net gain of 1182 people in May, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Returning NZ citizens accounted for 92% of the net gain in May, with non-NZ citizens making up just 8%.
A total of 1997 NZ citizens returned long-term in May, while 913 left the country long-term, giving a net gain of 1083 NZ citizens.
Although 1248 non-NZ citizens also arrived long-term in May, nearly as many (1150) left these shores long-term, giving a net gain of just 98 non-NZ citizens for the month.
In the 12 months to the end of May there was a total net gain of 5743 people due to migration, compared to a net gain of 87,473 in the year to May 2020.
In the year to May there was a net gain of 16,054 NZ citizens and a net loss of 10,310 non-NZ citizens.
The net gain of 5743 in the year to May was the lowest for that period since 2013, when there was a net loss 1360 for the year.
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