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Migrants, tourists continue to flock to NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/12/2016
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New Zealand is proving more popular than ever with a record number of migrants and tourists visiting our shores.

There were 70,400 more migrants arriving than leaving the country in the year to November, beating the previous annual record of 70,300 set a month earlier.

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

This included a record 126,700 migrant arrivals in the year to November and 56,300 migrant departures.

New Zealand and Australian citizens made up 30 per cent of all arrivals at 37,500, while a further 41,200 people came on work visas.

Student visa holders accounted for 24,600 arrivals and resident visa holders 16,500.

A November record of 333,600 visitors and tourists also arrived in the month, up 11 per cent on a year ago, while the number of visitors in the year to the end of November rose to 3.45 million, up 12 per cent on a year earlier.

But the tourism bug wasn't just inbound. Kiwis heading abroad also set new records, with 2.58 million overseas trips made in the year to the end of November, up 8 per cent on the year earlier.

This included a record 208,400 New Zealand residents taking an international trip in November, up 14 per cent on the same month last year.

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