New Zealand's net population gain from migration was just 4711 in the 12 months to the end of June, down from a whopping 84,845 in the 12 months to June 2020, according to Statistics NZ.
The latest annual boost to population from migration was the lowest for a June year since 2013, when there was a net gain of just 809.
In the month of June this year there was a net gain of 897, up from 387 in June last year, but well down from the net gain of 3008 in June 2019.
The latest figures show that 40,548 people left NZ long-term in the year to June, while 45,258 arrived long-term, giving a net gain of 4711.
"Monthly migration since April 2020 has been low, due to the the introduction of COVID-19 border and travel restrictions," Statistics NZ population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.
In the year to June, 27,667 NZ citizens arrived home long-term, while another 12,114 departed long-term, giving a net gain of 15,552 NZ citizens for the year. That's slightly down from the net gain of 17,138 NZ citizens in the 12 months to June 2020.
There has been a substantial downturn in the number of NZ citizens coming home long-term, with their numbers in the year to June 2021 down by 36% compared to the previous 12 months.
The number of non-NZ citizens citizens coming to this country long-term is down even more dramatically, with just 17,592 arriving in the year to June, down by 85% from the 116,623 arriving in the year to June 2020.
However the number of non-NZ citizens leaving exceeds the number arriving, with 28,433 departing long-term in the year to June, giving a net loss of 10,842 non-NZ citizens.
The interactive chart below shows the long term net migration trends on both a monthly and annual basis.
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