Immigration numbers still not under control as new records set

ANDREW GORRIE/The Dominion Post

Official figures show annual net migration at 72,000 in the year to May.

Three out of four of the migrants arriving were non-New Zealand citizens, especially from China, Britain and Australia. Many New Zealanders are also returning home.

Migrant arrivals numbered 130,400 and 58,400 departed over the year.

For the month of May, there was a net gain of 5900 people, which was slightly above the month before.

We certainly haven’t provided extra houses, roads and hospitals for 5,900 people, so there’s even more pressure.

There is a possible upside, although Australia might not think so:

An increasing proportion of people leaving New Zealand to settle in Australia were born abroad.

About one in four citizens moving across the ditch in the year ended April originally came from overseas, a third from Asia and another third from Pacific islands.

A Statistics New Zealand report on so-called ‘backdoor migration’ to Australia shows almost 5000 people who emigrated there in the year ended April were born overseas.

It said Australian data indicated the proportion may be slightly higher.

But it said the figures showed the proportions leaving for Australia were similar to the overall overseas-born share of New Zealand’s population – which stood at a quarter in 2013.

It was also similar to the proportion of overseas-born New Zealand citizens migrating to other countries.

New Zealand is still seen as a softer way to get into Australia.  Hopefully some of our excess baggage will start to leave over the next few years.

Unless National deals with this problem during its next term however, it will snowball into a problem that will be more severe than the GFC and the Christchurch earthquakes combined.

Perhaps that’s the parting gift National intends to leave, just like Cullen bought National a train set that took billions out of our bottom line.



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