Hover over country names to see how many are coming from NZ's top migrant countries.
People migrate for many different reasons, such as economic, social, political or environmental, and New Zealand is a dream migration destination to many. Immigration is a critical economic enabler, contributing economically and culturally. Immigration is vital for filling skill and labour shortages and supplementing ‘home grown’ talent by building the skill capacity of the NZ workforce through providing employers with access to global skills and talents. Scroll down to view some simple facts to help understand the ever-changing face of Aotearoa - who are coming, where they're going, and why.
Top migrant countries
(year leading up to May 2014)
- United Kingdom
Migrant numbers have been on a consistent rise in recent years, with New Zealand having its highest net gain of migrants in more than 10 years in 2013. The increase is due to both more arrivals and fewer departures, as fewer Kiwis go abroad while more migrants head back the other way. Monitoring migration trends provides a better understanding of the wider global environment in which migration takes place, important developments in New Zealand’s key markets, and the impact and success of current immigration policies to improve migrant attraction, settlement and retention initiatives
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Hover over images to see the percentage of reasons why people move to New Zealand.
When someone considers moving to another country to live and work, they want to know what the attractions are and the lifestyle that ordinary people have. New Zealand is small, clean, with easy access to jobs, recreation, sports, pleasant homes – and that’s exactly why many people want to come here to live and work and raise their children. Many immigrants come from crowded cities in crowded countries, and choose New Zealand as it offers them a relaxed lifestyle, space, friendliness, and good living conditions.
Immigration is a critical economic enabler and contributes to the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. New Zealand can fill skill and labour shortages through effective and efficient immigration policies and processes.
Monitoring migration trends provides a better understanding of the wider global environment in which migration takes place, important developments in New Zealand’s key markets, and the impact and success of current immigration policies. Understanding existing and emerging migration trends is also critical for the planning and development of immigration policy settings as well as migrant attraction, settlement and retention initiatives.
A net migration gain of 7,900 people occurred in 2012/13 following a net migration loss of 3,200 in 2011/12. An increase in arrivals and decrease in departures on a permanent and long-term basis contributed to the overall net gain in 2012/13
For more information about migration statistics in New Zealand, please visit the following websites: