India sends the second largest number of migrants to New Zealand, while the largest numbers of migrants to this Australasian country are from China.
Of the total 72,100 new migrants arriving in New Zealand, 9,600 came from China and 6,900 from India. This was despite a decline of 6.5 percent of Chinese arrival numbers compared to the year ending October in 2016. Moreover, the net migration from India fell by 27 percent from the same time a year ago, said Stats NZ.
The statistics department of New Zealand, Stats NZ, was quoted as saying on 22 November that the largest source country for migrants was China, even as there was a decline of 4.4 percent of migrants arriving on residence visas to 3,200 in the year ending October 2017.
On the other hand, net migration from the UK and South Africa had increased the most. While the number of Britons to the Kiwi country increased by 26 percent to 6,600, immigration from South Africa rose by 31 percent to 5,000.
Net migration increase for the October 2017 year-end was 70,700 migrants, though high historically, dipped from 72,400 in the year ended July 2017, Stats NZ said.
Peter Dolan, population statistics senior manager of Stats NZ, was quoted as saying that arrivals of non-New Zealand nationals continue to power the high net migration numbers.
He added that the decline in annual net migration figures from the peak reached in the year ended July 2017 was an outcome of a growth in departures of non-New Zealand nationals.
He said that about 27,400 non-New Zealand migrants left the country in the October 2017 year, an increase of 1.6 percent from the September 2017 year and a growth of 22 percent from the October 2016 year, Dolan said.
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