The number of net immigrants who came to New Zealand till June this year reached 69,090, a net growth from 58,259 during the same period in 2015 and 38,338 in 2014, the data released by Statistics NZ reveals.
The migration to this country continues to increase on a monthly as well as on a yearly basis even though the rate of increase is slipping. If the population growth from net migration continues at this pace, the migration numbers would reach over 70,000 per year.
According to interest.co.nz, till June 125,055 migrants arrived in this South Pacific country on a long-term or a permanent basis while 55,965 left permanently or on a long-term, putting the net migration figure at 69,090.
Of all the migrants, 30,759 were New Zealand natives coming back and non-New Zealanders numbered 94,296. The largest number of net migrants coming into the country this year was from India. They numbered 12,031 people, China and Hong Kong stood second with 10,433, followed by the Philippines with 5,010, and 4,263 from the UK. France, South Africa and Germany contributed 3,125, 3,054 and 3,044 net migrants, respectively. Australians also comprised 1,933 net migrants till June this year.
Anne Boniface, Westpac senior economist, in a First Impressions note was of the view that migration might have peaked in June and it could decline going forward. With the Australian labour market recovering, migrants coming into New Zealand would decrease, Bonniface adds.
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