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Migrants, tourists continue to flock to NZ

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/11/2016
A screenshot of the video which shows a campervan driving on the wrong side of the road © YouTube/Devinsupertramp A screenshot of the video which shows a campervan driving on the wrong side of the road

The great New Zealand influx shows no sign of slowing down, with a record number of migrants and tourists visiting our shores.

Annual net migration hit 70,300 in the year to October, beating the previous annual record of 70,000 set a month earlier.

According to Stats NZ the increase was driven by a rise in migrant arrivals and a lower number of departures.

Migrant arrivals numbered 126,100 in the year to October, setting a new annual record while migrant departures were 55,800.

Last month, the government announced it was tightening immigration policy for skilled migrants, with the range for residence approvals over the next two years lowered to 85,000-to-95,000 from a previous range of 90,000-to-100,000.

An October record of 60,200 visitors arrived in the month, up 14 per cent on a year ago, while the number of visitors in the year to the end of October rose to 3.42 million, up 12 per cent on a year earlier and another record.

But the tourism bug wasn't just inbound. Kiwis heading abroad also set new records, with 2.55 million overseas trips made in the year to the end of October, up 7 per cent on the year earlier.

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