Auckland’s population growth pain & affordable housing shortage continue as 71,300 more migrants arrived in New Zealand than left.

• Acc. to Statistics NZ, population growth from migration was at 71,300 in February 2017, gaining a new annual record of 128,800 arrivals (4%), while migrant departures were 57,500 (1%).

• The number of people arriving on work & residency visas was up while student visas were down.

• The largest sources of migrants coming to New Zealand to work were from the UK and France, followed by Germany, Australia, South Africa, & the US.

• More New Zealanders continue to leave than arrive back, w/ a net loss of 1687 NZ citizens a year, & a net gain of 73,020 citizens of other countries.

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