Trans-Tasman Immigration Woes

This is funny…at the same time the NZ Government is copping flak because Kiwis are moving to Australia in record numbers the Aussie government is also copping flak because Aussies are moving to NZ in ever increasing numbers…go figure that one out.

MORE Australians are leaving the country permanently and heading mainly to New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

The number of permanent departures from Australia increased by 18 per cent between 2004 and 2010, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

Nearly all of the increase occurred in 2010.

“This change may have been influenced by more affordable international travel, a more global labour market or simply the prominent travelling culture of Australians,” the ABS said.

Of the 84,000 Australian residents who said they were departing Australia permanently in 2010, 80 per cent returned within a year.

The survey also found the level of permanent departures continued to be much lower than permanent arrivals to Australia, with 78,000 permanent arrivals in 2010 compared with 17,000 people leaving the country.

More than half (53 per cent) of all permanent departures in 2010 went to either New Zealand or the UK. They remained the two most popular destinations for Australians moving overseas since 2004.


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  • Robert Osbourne

    Irony! I am applying for jobs in aussie as NZ does not have enough opportunities in my field (IT, large data centres), and I am excluded from most government roles because I am not an Australian citizen. I always expected to have to explain the concept of “allies” to an American, not an Australian.

  • Vlad

    I don’t think the passionate enthusiasts for the Australian solution have paid enough attention to the terrible damage that their Labour government has done to the Australian economy. Thanks to them, Australian taxpayers are burdened with a crazed green commitment via Doha that is only equalled by the pernicious European Union. And thanks to them, the drivers of their prosperity, the mining industry, have been hammered with special taxes. Not to mention their corrupt unions and dodgy PM. Thanks to them, Australia, the lucky country, is now ranked one of the hardest places in the world to do business.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Vlad – I thought aunty Julia is the next best thing to sliced bread?!?!??!

  • I think what nobody accounts for is that there would be a base level of migration no matter what the economic conditions and/or opportunities in the country of birth. Some people actually just like the idea of going overseas and would do so even if they can find a job at home. Nobody (I’ve seen) accounts for this level of “background noise” as politically it makes for better headlines to quote the total migration numbers.