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Net migration rises to annual record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/10/2014
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New Zealand gained a net 45,400 migrants in the year ended September 30, the biggest ever gain, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Annual arrivals rose 16 per cent to 105,500 from the previous year, while departures fell 21 per cent to 60,100.

Meanwhile, the net loss of 6,000 people to Australia was down from 25,300 for the same period a year earlier.

Tuesday's figures show people arriving from India jumped 60 per cent in the year to 10,287, overtaking China as the third largest source of long-term arrivals.

Australia remained the biggest source, with a 25 per cent increase in the year to 22,596 people arriving, although that figure includes Kiwis returning home, Statistics NZ said.

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