New migration in New Zealand surged 12,200 in May, Statistics New Zealand said on Monday, surging a seasonally adjusted 9 percent on month to 153,000.
That follows the 1,570-person increase in April.
"The latest visitor number was easily the highest ever for a May month," population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said. "Arrival figures jumped to 153,000, after sitting at around 141,000 for the last six May months."
The biggest changes were in arrivals from Australia (up 8,000) and China (up 3,900).
Overseas trips by New Zealand residents (182,400) were up 3,100. The biggest changes were in departures to the United States (up 2,700), Samoa (down 1,100), the United Kingdom (down 1,700) and Australia (down 2,200).
In the year ended May 2013, there were 2.628 million visitors, up less than 1 percent on year. The increase was despite visitor numbers in the May 2012 year being boosted by the Rugby World Cup.
In the year, New Zealand residents departed on 2.163 million overseas trips, up 2 percent from the previous year. The biggest increase was in trips to the United States (up 15,200), helped by a more favorable currency exchange rate.
New Zealand had a seasonally adjusted net gain (more arrivals than departures) of 1,700 migrants. This is the highest net gain since January 2010 (1,800). The increased net gain of migrants over the past five months was mainly due to fewer New Zealand citizens departing to Australia. There was also an increase in arrivals during this period.
The seasonally adjusted net loss of 1,900 migrants to Australia was the smallest net loss since July 2010 (1,600). The latest net loss to Australia was well down on the recent high of 3,600 recorded in September 2011.
In the year, New Zealand had a net gain of 6,200 migrants. This compares with a net loss of 3,700 last May.
Auckland, Canterbury, and Otago were the only regions that had net gains of international migrants. The Canterbury region's net gain of 2,600 migrants in the May 2013 year compared with a net loss of 2,500 in the May 2012 year, following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.
by RTT Staff Writer
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