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NZ maintains record net outflow of migrants to Australia

NZ maintains record net outflow of migrants to Australia in July

By Hannah Lynch

Aug. 21 (BusinessDesk) - The number of New Zealanders packing their bags and heading to Australia held at a record annual level in July.

Some 39,849 kiwis left for Australia in the year ended July 31, equaling the record levels set in April and June this year, according to Statistics New Zealand. Total departures to Australia were a record 53,900 departures, offset by, offset by 14,000 arrivals from Australia. In both directions, most migrants were kiwis.

Kiwis have been quitting New Zealand for Australia for years as they seek higher wages and a better standard of living, creating a political issue for the National government, which vowed to reverse the trend.

There was a net gain in migrants from most other countries, led by the UK, 2.2 percent to 5,490 in July from a month earlier, and China gaining about 12 percent to 5,145.

Short-term visitor arrivals fell 1 percent to 173,500 last month from a year earlier to their lowest level since July 2007, led by fewer visitors from Malaysia, Korea and the UK.

Visitors from China rose 25 percent to 2,400 compared with July 2011, while the number of Japanese visitors "returned closer to the level of 2010, after being affected by the earthquakes in 2011," population statistics manager, Andrea Blackburn said in a statement.

Kiwi residents departed on 205,600 overseas trips in July, less than the 231,600 trips taken in July 2011. The high July 2011 total attributed to the later-than-usual school holidays due to the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand residents departing on overseas holidays rose 2 percent to 2.128 million in the July year. The biggest increase was in trips to the United States "helped by the favourable exchange rate between the United States dollar and the New Zealand dollar," the government department said.


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