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Migration adds 2200 people in February

Wednesday 13th April 2011

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Migrant arrivals outnumbered departures by 2200 in February, even though 3000 people left for Australia on a permanent and long term (PLT) basis.

Seasonally adjusted, there was a net PLT migration gain of 500 in February, Statistics New Zealand said today. In the past year that figure had varied between 200 and 1000.

The gain of 2200 was down from 2600 in February last year. The net outflow of 3000 migrants to Australia in February was up from 1900 a year earlier but below the February 2008 outflow of 3500.

For the year to February, net migration was 8200, compared to 21,600 in the February 2010 year.

The 82,800 PLT arrivals in the February year was down 2% from 2010, while the 74,500 departures were up 18%.

A net PLT outflow to Australia in the February year of 23,500 compared with 34,400 in the February 2009 year and 15,400 in 2010.



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