The trend of net migration effectively plateaued for the last three months of 2017 as both arrivals and departures held firm.

People migrating
  • 1 March, 2018
  • Migrants, Immigration 2017

Immigration continues to be a hot topic for the Government and the declining trend in net migration is likely to continue. This may not be as dramatic as previously expected, due to the need of skilled labour in an already tight market.

After a few months of net loss to Australia, the stats veered back into the positives in the final months of the year. The expected strength in the Australian economy is yet to have a significant impact on Kiwi migrants yet, and while proposed changes to remove the subsidised tertiary fees for New Zealanders have now been scrapped, there are still some concerns about the visa status of New Zealanders in Australia restricting them from access to certain Government schemes

In 2017, Dunedin saw a 23.7% increase in net migration (from 2016): the largest increase of all our main centres. Net migration to Christchurch continues to slowly decrease, after peaking in the year to the end of March 2016.

Source: CoreLogic.co.nz

LJ Hooker NZ

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