Record annual net gain of 70,000 migrants
21 October 2016
A record 70,000 more migrants arrived than departed in the September 2016 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This
surpasses the previous annual record net gain of 69,100 migrants in the August 2016 year.
"The annual net gain reflects record high migrant arrivals and fewer migrant departures," population statistics manager
Jo-Anne Skinner said. "Most of the arrivals are people coming in with work visas, which also includes working
Migrant arrivals numbered 125,600 in the September 2016 year, setting a new annual record. The distribution of migrant
arrivals by most common visa type was:
• work visas (32 percent)
• New Zealand and Australian citizens (29 percent)
• student visas (20 percent)
• residence visas (13 percent).
Migrant departures were 55,700 in the same period, with New Zealand citizens contributing almost 60 percent to all
Seasonally adjusted figures showed a net gain of 6,300 migrants in September 2016, surpassing the previous peak of 6,200
in November 2015.
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