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Migration to Australia reaches record high

May 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

THE HIGHEST number of Kiwis ever recorded left for Australia over the past year, according to Statistics New Zealand (SNZ).

It says that almost 40,000 people relocated to Australia between March 2011 and 2012, an increase of 30% on previous years.

Since the signing of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement in 1973, it has been easier for New Zealand and Australian citizens to live and work in each other’s countries.

Although the number of migration into NZ has been high, arrivals from Australia have decreased 11% within the year.

Christchurch residents migrating overseas jumped from 500 to 1100 people following the February earthquake in 2011.

Demographic analyst, Nicholas Thomson says the increase in people moving abroad can be attributed to the offer of more money and better job opportunities.

The Christchurch earthquake could have been the main reason why the numbers are a record high, says Mr Thomson.

“There are restrictions to be able to go to places like the UK and the US, whereas Australia allows us to come and go as we please.”

New Zealander’s are also travelling more, as the Easter and school holidays played a major role in the 153,000 overseas trips, an increase of 7% from March 2011.

Travellers visiting New Zealand grew by 4%, as numbers grew from 2.5 million to 2.6 million over the past year.

While visitors from Japan decreased by 30%, there were large increases in  visitors from France and China.

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