In September 2023, New Zealand experienced a record net migration loss of 44,700 citizens, with over half of them moving to Australia, according to provisional estimates by Stats NZ. The loss comprised 26,400 migrant arrivals and 71,200 departures. The previous record for net migration loss of New Zealand citizens was in February 2012. However, the overall net migration for the country in September 2023 reached a record gain of 118,800, primarily driven by a net migration gain of 163,600 non-New Zealand citizens, notably from India, the Philippines, China, Fiji, and South Africa. This surge follows the easing of COVID-19 border restrictions and changes to immigration policies, with migrants aged 18 to 44 constituting 67 percent of the 210,600 non-New Zealand citizen arrivals in September 2023.
Source – CGTN