Net annual immigration for October remained high in New Zealand by past standards. However, it was lower than the record created in July 2017. Net annual immigration increased to 70, 700 for the year ending October. In the same period a year earlier the figures were 70, 300 informed Statistics New Zealand.
The statistics reveal that 72, 100 non-nationals arrived in the year. Meanwhile, 1400 New Zealand nationals quit the nation. Record levels of net annual immigration have been experienced by New Zealand in the recent years. This was a key issue in the recently held elections, as quoted by the NZ City Co NZ. Net immigration was at its peak in July this year with 72, 400.
Peter Dolan Senior Manager -Population Statistics said that non-New Zealand national immigrants were the driving factor behind high net immigration levels. There was an increase in departures of non-New Zealand national immigrants. This was the reason for the decrease in net yearly immigration levels from the July peak, added Dolan.
The figures of immigrants arriving from Australia returned to negative this year. 22 more nationals of Australia left New Zealand. A year earlier the net arrival figures for them was 1900. Immigration from China remained to be the highest on the net basis. Of the 72, 100 net arrivals 9600 were from China. It was, however, lesser by 6.5% a year earlier.
The second largest source nation for net annual immigration to New Zealand was India. However, the net migration figures were decreased by 27% when compared to a year earlier. Nationals from India were granted 19% lesser student visas when compared to the figures for the previous year.
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