New Zealanders permanently migrating to Australia have hit another new record high, according to the April release of international travel and migration data from Statistics New Zealand.
In the year to April 2012, a new record high of 53,500 people left New Zealand for Australia. This is just up from the previous record high of 53,200 people who left for Australia in March 2012. The new record high was the main reason total overall departures from New Zealand increased 12.7 percent for the year to April 2012, to 87,800. Migration wasn’t all one way, with 13,700 Aussies moving to New Zealand. The result was a net loss to Australia of 39,800 for the year to April 2012.
Permanent arrivals to New Zealand for the year to April 2012 were up 0.4 percent or 350 people, to 83,800. These increasing numbers of permanent arrivals in New Zealand have come from Asian and European migrants. For the year to April 2012, New Zealand gained the most from the United Kingdom, with 14,400 arriving.
Overall, there has been a net loss of 4,000 people for the year to April 2012. This is a significant change from the net gain of 5,500 people for the previous year.
The net loss in annual migration is driven by the new record net loss of 39,800 people to Australia. This has more than offset the net gain of 35,800 people coming to New Zealand from the rest of the world. This trend is not likely to change in the near future and we might even see further record high losses of New Zealanders to Australia.