New Zealand immigration decline
03 June 2011
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.
New Zealand, whose economy depends heavily on skilled immigrants, is experiencing a slump in newcomers following the recent earthquake and the global financial crisis of a few years ago, according to new statistics released by the government.
- 25 March 2014 Australian immigration minister announces 457 visa investigation
- 25 March 2014 Australia to issue three year business visas to Chinese applicants
- 20 March 2014 Australian immigration will extend Ukrainian visas
- 19 March 2014 Australian immigration say student visa applications up
The number of people immigrating to New Zealand during the first nine months of the current financial year was 28,675; This represents a significant reduction in immigration to New Zealand compared to the 33,526 migrants who emigrated to New Zealand during the same period in 2008-09.
New Zealand is hoping to hand out between 45,000 and 50,000 permanent residence visas for the current financial year, with priority given to skilled workers.
In February of 2011, an earthquake devastated the city of Christchurch, causing an estimated NZD $13 billion in damage.
According to the government report, this likely contributed to the decline in immigration.
"[The earthquake] has had an impact on migration trends in the current financial year," Statistics New Zealand said in its report.
"The immediate impact of the earthquake was mainly seen in reduced visitor arrivals. However, the full impact of the earthquake on migration flows may emerge in the coming months," they added.
With New Zealand falling short on skilled migrants, now may be a good time to apply for skilled immigration to New Zealand. Workpermit.com has over two decades of experience helping people live and work abroad. If you would like to live and work in New Zealand, fill out a free assessment form and one of our representatives will contact you shortly.