Is the migration flow turning?

  • March saw an unexpected drop in migrant arrivals, which has left one economist asking if the record flow might be turning.

New Statistics New Zealand data shows a seasonally adjusted monthly net gain of 5,300 migrants in March 2016.

This was down from the monthly net gain of 6,000 migrants seen in February.

It was also down on the average number of migrants per month over the last six months (5,900).

However, the country’s annual net gain of migrants still managed to hit a new high – for the 20th month in a row.