Migrant populations in OECD countries

On average, migrants make up 13% of the population in OECD countries, up from 9.5% in 2000 – a significant increase.

Some interesting comparisons here.

Not surprising to see Australia and New Zealand near the top.

Surprising to see Switzerland so high.

NZ Herald: Ex pats are choosing New Zealand over Australia as emigration destination

Could beautiful pictures of New Zealand on social media be luring ex pats here instead of Australia?

The latest report from international relocation experts Movehub could be suggesting so.

The report shows for the first time since 1991 more Australians are moving to New Zealand than the other way round, and searches online for moving to New Zealand from the UK have surged upwards.

Australia has seen a five per cent decrease in people moving there.

The report has attributed the rise in New Zealand’s popularity to its economy, scenery, sense of community, and “the Trump and Brexit effect”.

“The EU Referendum was one of the most controversial political events of 201 and its outcome has had global repercussions,” head of Movehub, Ben Tyrrell said in the report.

“There was no shortage of political drama in the US this year either.”

Moves to New Zealand from the US grew by 71 per cent in November 2016.

But New Zealand has more to offer than simply an escape from Trump, the report said.

“New Zealand’s economy is another contributing factor for the surge in immigration; it continues to perform strongly whilst Australia’s mining boom dwindles, pushing up prices and encouraging yet more Australians to seek a cheaper cost of living across the Tasman.

“Though Australians may be moving to a well-known neighbour, Americans and Britons are relocating to a country half a world away, however it is clear that the distance pales into significance for the chance to live somewhere so beautiful with such a strong sense of community.”

New Zealand is ranked as the seventh most popular destination country, but the eighth highest country people are leaving.

Despite this, searches for moving to New Zealand from the UK were up 83 per cent in the 2016/2017 financial year compared to the previous one.

Migration patterns keep changing, but the Internet makes it easier for people who want to move countries to check distant countries out.


Increasing immigration

On Radio NZ about an hour ago they mentioned planning for a population increase of a million in Auckland alone over the next few decades.

Stuff reports Net migration to NZ hits a new record of 65,000

If say 50,000 of them went to Auckland, at that rate they would add a million in twenty years.

But much if the inflow comprises returning New Zealanders and there must only be so many of them who will return.

Migration continues to smash records, with the net gain in the last year equivalent to a city the size of Nelson.

According to Statistics New Zealand, the net gain from migration in the year to January 31 hit 65,900 in the 12 months to January 31, with a gain of 6100 in January alone.

The annual gain in the year to January 31 was the 18th straight month in which migration was running at record levels, while migration from Australia is the strongest in almost 25 years.

“Migrant arrivals reached a new high of 123,000 and departures fell to 57,100,” Statistics New Zealand said.

“The net gain from Australia numbered 1,300 for the January 2016 year, surpassing the 1,000 mark for the first time since the October 1991 year. This was the fourth month in a row to show an annual net gain of migrants from Australia.”

This is a big turnaround…

Just a few years ago, New Zealand was recording a net loss of around 40,000 people a year to Australia, however a cooling of the Australian economy has seen thousands of Kiwis coming home, and an increase in Australians moving here.

Kiwi flows could easily turn around again, especially if the job market recovers in Australia.