Here’s how many South Africans are leaving for New Zealand

While New Zealand reports a decline in net migration in 2018 after reaching a record high in 2017, the number of South Africans moving to the island country continues to grow.

According to a Statistics New Zealand report released earlier this month, annual net migration was 62,700 for the year ended September 2018 – down 8,300 from the same period last year.

Of these there were 129,000 migrant arrivals (down 2,600) and 66,200 migrant departures (up 5,600) compared to the same period last year.

Of the 66,200 migrant departures more than half were New Zealand citizens (34,500). However, non-New Zealand citizens leaving the country rose to 31,800 over the 12 months.

“The increase in migrant departures, and decrease in migrant arrivals, both contributed to a lower net migration level,” population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers said.

“However, the increase in migrant departures had a greater effect as the change was larger, particularly for non-New Zealand citizens.”

South Africans moving 

Statistics provided to BusinessTech by Stats NZ show that the number of permanent South African arrivals has steadily increased over the past 15 years.

South Africans choose to move to New Zealand for numerous reasons, most notably because its safe, is child friendly, and for job opportunities.

Historically these South Africans have entered the country on residence and work visas, however, the data shows that there has also been an increase in student visa-arrivals in recent years.

A May report by American think tank, Pew Research, estimated that there are currently 60,000 South African migrants living in New Zealand at the end of 2017 – the fourth highest migrant population outside of South Africa.

According to Pew Research, New Zealand is only surpassed by the United Kingdom (210,000), Australia (190,000),  and the United States (100,000).

Permanent & long-term arrivals by South Africans and visa type

Year Residence visa Student visa Visitor visa Work visa Other Total
2004 469 162 325 428 0 1 384
2005 409 180 407 505 6 1 507
2006 724 187 351 456 0 1 718
2007 660 344 368 675 4 2 051
2008 704 544 541 1 141 3 2 933
2009 752 429 279 691 12 2 163
2010 628 145 133 276 4 1 186
2011 611 145 135 310 1 1 202
2012 494 175 149 339 1 1 158
2013 391 163 165 412 9 1 140
2014 531 264 201 591 2 1 589
2015 493 352 278 856 3 1 982
2016 576 842 514 1 864 3 3 799
2017 659 1 225 679 2 565 5 5 133
2018 444 1 413 714 2 953 10 5 534

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Here’s how many South Africans are leaving for New Zealand