New Zealand’s association with the UK, and its ‘white nz policy’ are finally on the way out with today’s news that Indian and Chinese migrants now make up two thirds of newcomers to New Zealand. Britains fall into third place with only 11% of new migrants coming from the UK…
New Zealand recorded its highest net migration gain last year and one in three permanent migrants now come from either China or India, new immigration figures show.
The Migration Trends and Outlook 2014/15, released today by Immigration New Zealand, shows a net migration gain of 58,300.
China was the largest permanent migrant source on 17 per cent, followed by India on 16 per cent. The United Kingdom, which used to be New Zealand’s main source country, was third on 11 per cent.
India was the largest source country for skilled migrants (21 per cent) followed by the Philippines (13 per cent) and China was also the largest source country for family-sponsored migrants.
This news will come as a shock for many British migrants who move to New Zealand to escape the ‘migrant crisis’ in their own country. The inflows are likely to present major changes to the ethnic diversity of New Zealand, which proudly presents itself as bi-cultural: Pakeha and Maori.
Under population projections by Statistics New Zealand, in 2038 the Asian population could increase by 714,600 and reach 1,255,900.
Over the same period, Auckland’s Asian population could also rise 4.8 per cent annually to reach 1,135,600.
Professor Spoonley said New Zealand has continued to attract migrants because of the quality of its lifestyle, and compared well with Australia on economic activity and job availability…source
We thought we’d compare Prof. Spoonley’s assertions about Australia and looked at that country’s latest immigration figures. We found the percentages are remarkably similar for the two larger migrant groups, but interestingly Kiwis are the third largest group of immigrants to Australia, behind China and India.
However, NZ had a net migration gain for 2014/15 of 58,300 while Australia received 11,650 just for the month of August. Looks like Australia is still the luckier country for many migrants, including Kiwis?
There were 11,650 people who stated they were permanent (settler) arrivals to Australia during August 2015, a decrease of 1.2% compared with August 2014 (11,790 movements). People born in China accounted for the largest proportion of settlers (17.2%), followed by people born in India (16.6%) and New Zealand (8.9%).
There were 8,010 Australian residents who stated their intention was to depart permanently from Australia during August 2015, an increase of 2.9% compared with August 2014 (7,790 movements). However, analysis shows that the majority of those with an intention of permanently departing, return to Australia within the following year. For example, in the calendar year 2011, out of the 84,240 Australian residents who stated they were departing permanently, only 15,890 spent 12 months or more overseas… source