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External Migration: December 2001 year

International Arrivals and Departures Reach 6.55 Million

Annual total passenger arrivals and departures (consisting of overseas visitors, New Zealand residents and migrants) reached 6.554 million in the December 2001 year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Despite the collapse of Ansett Australia and the events of September 11, 2001, these flows both increased with arrivals numbering 3.294 million and departures 3.260 million. These figures represent a combined increase of 296,000 or 5 percent on the previous year. Passenger arrivals and departures each exceeded 3 million people for the first time in a December year in 2000.

Overseas visitor arrivals totalled 1.910 million in 2001, up 121,000 or 7 percent over the December 2000 year. The 10 most important source countries contributed 1.477 million or just over three-quarters of all visitor arrivals in 2001. Australia (630,500) was the largest contributor, and accounted for one-third of all visitors. The next largest source of visitors was the United Kingdom (211,600), followed by the United States (187,400), Japan (149,100), Korea (87,200), China (53,200) and Germany (52,500). Just over one-half of visitors came to New Zealand for a holiday (989,400). A further 499,700 came to visit friends and relatives, 207,600 came on business, 42,900 came for education/medical reasons and 39,800 came for a conference.

Short-term departures by New Zealand residents reached 1.287 million in 2001, an increase of 4,000 or less than 1 percent on 2000. Australia was the most popular destination, accounting for 676,000 or 53 percent of departures. The next most popular destinations were the United States (65,900), Fiji (63,100) and the United Kingdom (60,900), each accounting for 5 percent of departures. This was the first time in more than 20 years that Fiji was a more popular destination than the United Kingdom. Two-fifths of the New Zealand residents departing for a short trip in 2001 went on a holiday (535,600). A further 376,100 left to visit friends and relatives, 225,800 went on business and the remainder (149,100) left for a conference, for education/medical reasons or for other reasons.

In the December 2001 year, there was a net inflow of 9,700 permanent and long-term migrants. This consisted of a net outflow of 32,600 New Zealand citizens, but a net gain of 42,300 non-New Zealand citizens.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

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