Immigration declines

Sunday 26 September 2004

New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted migration gain of 1,000 people in August, down 300 on the previous month.

By The Landlord

Statistics New Zealand says actual, unadjusted permanent and long-term arrivals exceeded departures by 900 in August, compared with 2,200 the same month last year.

In the year to the end of August, there was a net permanent and long-term migration gain of 19,300, down 53% on the net inflow of 41,200 people in the previous August year.

The government agency says this is the first time since January 2002 that the annual net migration gain has dropped below 20,000.

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