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Lockwood Smith MP National Party Immigration Spokesman

28 February 2008

More Kiwis waltzing Matilda

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the exodus of New Zealanders to Australia has started with a hiss and a roar in 2008.

"1,133 New Zealand citizens left permanently to live in Australia every week during January. That's 162 Kiwis boarding a one way trans-Tasman flight every day."

The total number of New Zealand citizens who left for Australia in January was 5017, nearly 800 came back, leaving a net loss of 4,222.

"When you compare that figure with December, there was a 79% increase in the net loss of New Zealand citizens leaving to live in Australia."

Dr Smith says that for too long, Labour has been in denial about the pace of the exodus. At one point Michael Cullen even used a speech to claim 'we're better off without them'.

"With an attitude like that, it's little wonder so many Kiwis are packing up their skills and going elsewhere."

The figures at a glance:

Overall Permanent Long Term (PLT) departures to Australia In December 2007, 4,178 people left for Australia. In January 2008, 5,625 people left for Australia. That's an increase of 35% in one month.

In December 2007, the net loss of people to Australia was 2,513. In January 2008, the net loss of people to Australia was 4,085. That's an increase of 63% in one month.

PLT departures of NZ citizens to Australia In January 2008, 5,017 NZers left for Australia. 795 NZers returned from Australia, for a net loss in January of 4,222.

In December 2007, 3,554 NZers left for Australia. In January 2008, 5,017 NZers left for Australia. That's an increase of 41% in one month.

In December 2007, the net loss of NZers to Australia was 2,360. In January 2008, the net loss of NZers to Australia was 4,222. That's an increase of 79% in one month.

SOURCE: Statistics New Zealand - External migration figures for January 2008


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