Flight or fight: Kiwis are leaving for Australia once more

I remember when John Key stood in an empty stadium and bemoaned the fact that about 30,000 Kiwis were leaving for Australia every year. His government, in spite of the GFC and the Christchurch earthquakes, reversed that. We had very high immigration for the first time in years. It may have created some problems, but everyone saw New Zealand as a great place to live.

One year into the new government and this trend is being reversed.?A newspaper?reports: quote.

Fewer arrivals into New Zealand and increasing numbers emigrating have caused net inflows to fall to three-year lows.

September’s net migration fell to 4640 while the annual inflow of people fell to 62,700, the lowest since October 2015, Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod said.

“The result leaves the trend decline in annual net migration firmly in place,” he said.

There were 129,000 migrant arrivals, down by 2600, and 66,200 migrant departures, up by 5600, for the year ended September, compared with the same period last year. end quote.

The beginning of the end for the John Key era. New Zealand is a harder place to live in these days, and those that can move elsewhere are starting to do it.

I mean, if you worked in the oil and gas industry, would you want to hang around here? quote.

Statistics New Zealand population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers said the increase in migrant departures and decrease in migrant arrivals both contributed to the lower net migration level.

“However, the increase in migrant departures had a greater effect as the change was larger, particularly for non-New Zealand citizens,” she said in a statement.

Of the 66,200 migrant departures, more than half were New Zealand citizens, or 34,500. However, non-New Zealand citizens leaving the country rose to 31,800 over the 12 months, Theyers said. end quote.

So some of these people have come here as immigrants and now are moving elsewhere. We always had a high number of people using New Zealand as a back door to Australia, but in the last few years, the pace has slowed. Now it is full steam ahead. quote.

The pick-up in annual permanent and long-term departures was broad-based.

He noted the annual departures to Australia of 25,710 people was at its highest level since April 2015.

“That’s likely as a result of the strengthening Australian labour market and higher wages on offer across the Tasman,” Smith said. end quote.

Yes, maybe. But the fact is that there are lots of jobs available here too. But people who work need to see themselves able to get ahead in life. And with the fuel price increases and the threat of a whole raft of new taxes, that is getting harder and harder in New Zealand. quote.

Ranchhod said the annual inflow of people into the country had now fallen from a peak of 72,400 in 2017 to 62,700 now.

“While that’s still high, it’s the lowest level since October 2015. “We expect to see a further decline over the coming years,” he said. e

I suppose this government will claim the fall in immigration numbers as a victory in their 2020 election campaign. But there is no good news in this for anyone. Driving away bright, hardworking people is a disaster for a country like this. But, no matter, Jacinda will fill the gap with refugees. She’s good like that.

And Phil Twyford will suddenly find he has enough houses after all. See? It will all work out perfectly in the end.