Net migration loss continues

There was a provisional net migration loss of 11,500 people in the 12 months ended June 2022, the 16th month in a row that an annual net migration loss has occurred, Stats NZ said today.

There were 49,200 migrant arrivals and 60,700 migrant departures in the June 2022 year.

“Migrant arrivals and departures are both at their lowest levels for a June year since the 1990s,” population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said.

Text alternative for diagram International migration estimates (provisional), year ended June 2022

Net loss of non-New Zealand citizens

Non-New Zealand citizens continue to contribute the most to the annual net migration losses, with a provisional net loss of 6,900 in the June 2022 year. This compares with a provisional net loss of 20,300 non-New Zealand citizens in the June 2021 year.

Year endedArrivalsDeparturesNet migration
Dec-2001856442729058354
Jan-2002889902681762173
Feb-2002902562642663830
Mar-2002930922592667166
Apr-2002947582562369135
May-2002961372548570652
Jun-2002977052539772308
Jul-2002989622551673446
Aug-20021004022555574847
Sep-20021011982569675502
Oct-20021016852585075835
Nov-20021022162643975777
Dec-20021024682725275216
Jan-20031022372784374394
Feb-20031019312819873733
Mar-20031006712903871633
Apr-2003995082929770211
May-2003985662952269044
Jun-2003971102979967311
Jul-2003957223053365189
Aug-2003937243111062614
Sep-2003915873151760070
Oct-2003897933189157902
Nov-2003877273287054857
Dec-2003866993406052639
Jan-2004843613431150050
Feb-2004824543470347751
Mar-2004802203463245588
Apr-2004787663515643610
May-2004779663570542261
Jun-2004769783645040528
Jul-2004755213723738284
Aug-2004744273720537222
Sep-2004737613748336278
Oct-2004729983756235436
Nov-2004724483791134537
Dec-2004723253836033965
Jan-2005717863861833168
Feb-2005713823888332499
Mar-2005715653904532520
Apr-2005721303916932961
May-2005725793912133458
Jun-2005728313902633805
Jul-2005726333905533578
Aug-2005731013924233859
Sep-2005734913916334328
Oct-2005737253916934556
Nov-2005737123846235250
Dec-2005738553806435791
Jan-2006737773771736060
Feb-2006744543724137213
Mar-2006749953696138034
Apr-2006750883695338135
May-2006749483698637962
Jun-2006754313692638505
Jul-2006763603640139959
Aug-2006770713647240599
Sep-2006778713661541256
Oct-2006786923678441908
Nov-2006799243663443290
Dec-2006807473663144116
Jan-2007813083656644742
Feb-2007818163676345053
Mar-2007827353688845847
Apr-2007830953677946316
May-2007834733686846605
Jun-2007839403695646984
Jul-2007839423693947003
Aug-2007846663708247584
Sep-2007848563707047786
Oct-2007847513708647665
Nov-2007846323722647406
Dec-2007844563712547331
Jan-2008843493729047059
Feb-2008857843743248352
Mar-2008860543755048504
Apr-2008867383774348995
May-2008880173799850019
Jun-2008887453815550590
Jul-2008899473854951398
Aug-2008902913864751644
Sep-2008901873877051417
Oct-2008905663895251614
Nov-2008904543932051134
Dec-2008902353959250643
Jan-2009903863986650520
Feb-2009896844012749557
Mar-2009887804035048430
Apr-2009876144036547249
May-2009861354037045765
Jun-2009844874052043967
Jul-2009832294061342616
Aug-2009814914090140590
Sep-2009804754108739388
Oct-2009789654123537730
Nov-2009775044131136193
Dec-2009759824120534777
Jan-2010744434120233241
Feb-2010728514143031421
Mar-2010719484177230176
Apr-2010711254216928956
May-2010702904255927731
Jun-2010696694269226977
Jul-2010692564291826338
Aug-2010694584293426524
Sep-2010693204313326187
Oct-2010699244347826446
Nov-2010699644368326281
Dec-2010699014379826103
Jan-2011697524406625686
Feb-2011704524414926303
Mar-2011708874477026117
Apr-2011712154492426291
May-2011714794507426405
Jun-2011715894485926730
Jul-2011719174521326704
Aug-2011717914535626435
Sep-2011717944504426750
Oct-2011713474514226205
Nov-2011716984514326555
Dec-2011717914516326628
Jan-2012720184529726721
Feb-2012721684504327125
Mar-2012726084436828240
Apr-2012721034402528078
May-2012722134354428669
Jun-2012726484375428894
Jul-2012718804323528645
Aug-2012717094297128738
Sep-2012716594273128928
Oct-2012718534207929774
Nov-2012718444183130013
Dec-2012717414147330268
Jan-2013718004082030980
Feb-2013710834037930704
Mar-2013709764003630940
Apr-2013716453975631889
May-2013719283963032298
Jun-2013719513919832753
Jul-2013726243902133603
Aug-2013730163863834378
Sep-2013731513852034631
Oct-2013738473833535512
Nov-2013746163791436702
Dec-2013754103730938101
Jan-2014762203700439216
Feb-2014779533685241101
Mar-2014790473651342534
Apr-2014798993637243527
May-2014808423640744435
Jun-2014821303644445686
Jul-2014839743601747957
Aug-2014861033595550148
Sep-2014880793595252127
Oct-2014893663585453512
Nov-2014904243579254632
Dec-2014906763570754969
Jan-2015923353595656379
Feb-2015928653620256663
Mar-2015938443657357271
Apr-2015944663664357823
May-2015949743661558359
Jun-2015953853674858637
Jul-2015965653678559780
Aug-2015971043685660248
Sep-2015981063680861298
Oct-2015994133693362480
Nov-20151004173682563592
Dec-20151015163698064536
Jan-20161019633686065103
Feb-20161036003688266718
Mar-20161037203699866722
Apr-20161042033727266931
May-20161048383738967449
Jun-20161051753739967776
Jul-20161053343764667688
Aug-20161044963772966767
Sep-20161042993801866281
Oct-20161040513805865993
Nov-20161039723849865474
Dec-20161040233890865115
Jan-20171043143941364901
Feb-20171040143981564199
Mar-20171039693996164008
Apr-20171036444014863496
May-20171035534082162732
Jun-20171038814143362448
Jul-20171040234215361870
Aug-20171044214282961592
Sep-20171040184351260506
Oct-20171037934422159572
Nov-20171035694455259017
Dec-20171034304530458126
Jan-20181037704555658214
Feb-20181029764583457142
Mar-20181031254635756768
Apr-20181029224669156231
May-20181030004686056140
Jun-20181027394695355786
Jul-20181028044703855766
Aug-20181033114717956132
Sep-20181037844707356711
Oct-20181038844695956925
Nov-20181038654705656809
Dec-20181042264704657180
Jan-20191042004755356647
Feb-20191045024759256910
Mar-20191044424766656776
Apr-20191043714786156510
May-20191051574797157186
Jun-20191064034869757706
Jul-20191073904897358417
Aug-20191091014902460077
Sep-20191112784943561843
Oct-20191154095025565154
Nov-20191206745291167763
Dec-20191247455505969686
Jan-20201295915678672805
Feb-20201360745755378521
Mar-20201382985794580353
Apr-20201320225516276860
May-20201243815189672485
Jun-20201166244891567709
Jul-20201064784736959109
Aug-2020975504659050960
Sep-2020881874682641361
Oct-2020770994587031229
Nov-2020648284236422464
Dec-2020545023926615236
Jan-202141232370074225
Feb-20212660436696-10092
Mar-20211826135971-17710
Apr-20212043238914-18482
May-20212228941706-19417
Jun-20212393044222-20291
Jul-20212541645129-19712
Aug-20212575044752-19001
Sep-20212573742665-16927
Oct-20212590241974-16071
Nov-20212644941884-15434
Dec-20212700541840-14834
Jan-20222633040812-14481
Feb-20222557939213-13634
Mar-20222586138337-12477
Apr-20222671337172-10460
May-20222793236741-8810
Jun-20222926036148-6890

More non-New Zealand citizens arrived and fewer non-New Zealand citizens departed as migrants in the June 2022 year compared with the June 2021 year.

Net loss of New Zealand citizens

There was a net migration loss of 4,600 New Zealand citizens in the June 2022 year, compared with a 13,800 net gain in the June 2021 year. Historically, the largest net migration loss of New Zealand citizens was 44,400 in the February 2012 year.

Migrant arrivals for New Zealand citizens were down by nearly half (44 percent) in the June 2022 year compared with the June 2021 year, while departures were up 11 percent.

“Migrant departures of New Zealand citizens were still significantly lower than pre-COVID levels,” Mr Islam said.

Year endedArrivalsDeparturesNet migration
Dec-20012895357042-28089
Jan-20022902254236-25214
Feb-20022929051096-21806
Mar-20022952949907-20378
Apr-20022953549162-19627
May-20022976147386-17625
Jun-20022990447132-17228
Jul-20023009446828-16734
Aug-20023052946705-16176
Sep-20023079146532-15741
Oct-20023083046574-15744
Nov-20023107646185-15109
Dec-20023157846003-14425
Jan-20033203745687-13650
Feb-20033247045255-12785
Mar-20033279945016-12217
Apr-20033319644465-11269
May-20033344444270-10826
Jun-20033357543939-10364
Jul-20033375044005-10255
Aug-20033392844205-10277
Sep-20033406144174-10113
Oct-20033416044208-10048
Nov-20033401744658-10641
Dec-20033389245115-11223
Jan-20043382445391-11567
Feb-20043349846118-12620
Mar-20043310946476-13367
Apr-20043281347078-14265
May-20043254847718-15170
Jun-20043235348325-15972
Jul-20043222948584-16355
Aug-20043202248881-16859
Sep-20043183049526-17696
Oct-20043162149977-18356
Nov-20043132950305-18976
Dec-20043117150996-19825
Jan-20053092251487-20565
Feb-20053090651835-20929
Mar-20053083952377-21538
Apr-20053092053116-22196
May-20053085253381-22529
Jun-20053080853514-22706
Jul-20053071754193-23476
Aug-20053059154276-23685
Sep-20053050954321-23812
Oct-20053049754679-24182
Nov-20053026954600-24331
Dec-20053012754652-24525
Jan-20063013654816-24680
Feb-20063011354731-24618
Mar-20063018054435-24255
Apr-20063011554474-24359
May-20063006054558-24498
Jun-20062996755001-25034
Jul-20062999854922-24924
Aug-20062998955456-25467
Sep-20063006156009-25948
Oct-20062998956416-26427
Nov-20063024756805-26558
Dec-20062994057343-27403
Jan-20072981457915-28101
Feb-20072980658831-29025
Mar-20072974159707-29966
Apr-20072961660369-30753
May-20072963161375-31744
Jun-20072959262057-32465
Jul-20072933462654-33320
Aug-20072934963258-33909
Sep-20072920863715-34507
Oct-20072925663885-34629
Nov-20072924164533-35292
Dec-20072899465288-36294
Jan-20082884365794-36951
Feb-20082882466496-37672
Mar-20082876366700-37937
Apr-20082877466880-38106
May-20082883567034-38199
Jun-20082891467464-38550
Jul-20082906467679-38615
Aug-20082909168190-39099
Sep-20082909968113-39014
Oct-20082929668614-39318
Nov-20082930368766-39463
Dec-20082975968131-38372
Jan-20093006767664-37597
Feb-20093031966148-35829
Mar-20093058264969-34387
Apr-20093077463203-32429
May-20093098561128-30143
Jun-20093123658935-27699
Jul-20093154257203-25661
Aug-20093175254985-23233
Sep-20093188053362-21482
Oct-20093205951606-19547
Nov-20093220350140-17937
Dec-20093228348791-16508
Jan-20103237647659-15283
Feb-20103225647630-15374
Mar-20103230247846-15544
Apr-20103234248178-15836
May-20103220649024-16818
Jun-20103208750095-18008
Jul-20103200151042-19041
Aug-20103185252291-20439
Sep-20103181153318-21507
Oct-20103131454506-23192
Nov-20103094855409-24461
Dec-20103059856978-26380
Jan-20113039758548-28151
Feb-20113014359490-29347
Mar-20112981561415-31600
Apr-20112968763163-33476
May-20112957264374-34802
Jun-20112929665430-36134
Jul-20112923366943-37710
Aug-20112936867796-38428
Sep-20112924568615-39370
Oct-20112906969342-40273
Nov-20112891370137-41224
Dec-20112841571187-42772
Jan-20122802171540-43519
Feb-20122801672401-44385
Mar-20122811372037-43924
Apr-20122796071870-43910
May-20122784871810-43962
Jun-20122808671963-43877
Jul-20122810271549-43447
Aug-20122808271498-43416
Sep-20122837571494-43119
Oct-20122870171179-42478
Nov-20122909770781-41684
Dec-20123002170697-40676
Jan-20133059470118-39524
Feb-20133088869010-38122
Mar-20133122867979-36751
Apr-20133167266865-35193
May-20133213465792-33658
Jun-20133241764361-31944
Jul-20133297863098-30120
Aug-20133339061737-28347
Sep-20133368860202-26514
Oct-20133412058941-24821
Nov-20133433657619-23283
Dec-20133487255682-20810
Jan-20143497454126-19152
Feb-20143540552714-17309
Mar-20143559951348-15749
Apr-20143586250114-14252
May-20143601749218-13201
Jun-20143614448368-12224
Jul-20143629147467-11176
Aug-20143644946902-10453
Sep-20143670246560-9858
Oct-20143693445977-9043
Nov-20143717845626-8448
Dec-20143750445060-7556
Jan-20153806344647-6584
Feb-20153797644426-6450
Mar-20153819644201-6005
Apr-20153819944191-5992
May-20153841443913-5499
Jun-20153853243742-5210
Jul-20153861943795-5176
Aug-20153875543620-4865
Sep-20153868043481-4801
Oct-20153877843560-4782
Nov-20153875043373-4623
Dec-20153860943336-4727
Jan-20163877043197-4427
Feb-20163898243028-4046
Mar-20163905742624-3567
Apr-20163905642624-3568
May-20163896442419-3455
Jun-20163900742170-3163
Jul-20163902442040-3016
Aug-20163908241815-2733
Sep-20163923841643-2405
Oct-20163909741445-2348
Nov-20163913941419-2280
Dec-20163910141327-2226
Jan-20173901941451-2432
Feb-20173892941504-2575
Mar-20173861941278-2659
Apr-20173852141201-2680
May-20173839241200-2808
Jun-20173837641291-2915
Jul-20173814341268-3125
Aug-20173786441422-3558
Sep-20173755141521-3970
Oct-20173733141550-4219
Nov-20173703941538-4499
Dec-20173667241518-4846
Jan-20183626141391-5130
Feb-20183588141157-5276
Mar-20183587841714-5836
Apr-20183570741747-6040
May-20183565241879-6227
Jun-20183531642107-6791
Jul-20183522842382-7154
Aug-20183525442506-7252
Sep-20183522042503-7283
Oct-20183512542682-7557
Nov-20183509642667-7571
Dec-20183479042401-7611
Jan-20193472242262-7540
Feb-20193470542103-7398
Mar-20193459441685-7091
Apr-20193461841139-6521
May-20193474740811-6064
Jun-20193511540719-5604
Jul-20193553140141-4610
Aug-20193600839529-3521
Sep-20193661939334-2715
Oct-20193752339078-1555
Nov-20193875438792-38
Dec-201940996380952901
Jan-202042045375854460
Feb-202043426368416585
Mar-2020465863525911327
Apr-2020452953222813067
May-2020440512907414977
Jun-2020430732594617127
Jul-2020426952330119394
Aug-2020426952123721458
Sep-2020427061908623620
Oct-2020420281745624572
Nov-2020409241642024504
Dec-2020369421533421608
Jan-2021353401456620774
Feb-2021339201433919581
Mar-2021309261498715939
Apr-2021331791745215727
May-2021351961995615240
Jun-2021358972211413783
Jul-2021362502404412206
Aug-202133826244809346
Sep-202130979243256655
Oct-202129230237565475
Nov-202127368234813888
Dec-202125998238672133
Jan-20222452824015515
Feb-20222288724127-1238
Mar-20222275623971-1212
Apr-20222162523893-2265
May-20222028624007-3718
Jun-20221997624564-4585

Migration gains or losses are historically due to a combination of factors, which include relative economic and labour market conditions between New Zealand and the rest of the world, and immigration policy in New Zealand and other countries.

Migration affects population growth in New Zealand – see National population estimates: At 30 June 2022, to be published on 16 August 2022.

Chinese, United Kingdom, and United States citizens drive loss of non-New Zealand citizens

Citizens of China, the United Kingdom, and the United States were the main drivers of the overall net migration loss of non-New Zealand citizens in the June 2022 year.

The net migration loss of 2,900 Chinese citizens in the June 2022 year was fewer than in the June 2021 year, when there was a net loss of 5,900.

Migrant arrivals of Chinese citizens in the June 2022 year were 2,400, down 8 percent compared with the June 2021 year. Migrant departures of Chinese citizens were 5,300 in the June 2022 year, down 37 percent compared with the June 2021 year.

For United States and United Kingdom citizens, migrant arrivals dropped around 30 percent, while migrant departures of these citizens rose 26 percent and 11 percent respectively.

The largest net migration gains were in citizens of the Philippines, India, Samoa, and South Africa.

Country of citizenshipEstimated net migration
Philippines1450
India1048
Samoa953
South Africa772
Italy-358
Ireland-403
Canada-503
Germany-550
Japan-780
France-794
Republic of Korea-1109
United States-1505
United Kingdom-2681
China-2941
NEW ZEALAND-4587

Country of citizenship refers to the nationality of the passport used when crossing the New Zealand border, not the country of residence of the traveller.

Young adults contribute the most to net migration loss

There was a provisional net loss of 5,600 in the June 2022 year for people aged 20-29 years, accounting for almost half of the overall net migration loss. However, this was fewer than in the June 2021 year when the same age group had a net loss of 7,800.

This continues the pattern of annual net losses in young adults that has been occurring since February 2021.

Historically, this age group has had a net migration loss of New Zealand citizens and a net migration gain of non-New Zealand citizens.

All ages above 16 years experienced net migration losses in the June 2022 year.

Text alternative for diagram International migration estimates (provisional), year ended June 2022

Diagram shows outcomes-based (provisional) estimates of migration, by citizenship (New Zealand or non-New Zealand) for the year ended June 2022. Overall, net migration is -11,500, made up of a net loss of 4,600 NZ citizens (based on 20,000 migrant arrivals, a 44 percent decrease on the year ended June 2021, and 24,600 migrant departures, an 11 percent increase) and a net loss of 6,900 non-NZ citizens (based on 29,300 migrant arrivals, a 22 percent increase on the year ended June 2021, and 36,100 migrant departures, an 18 percent decrease). Estimates are provisional as of 11 August 2022. Percentage changes are indicative of the June 2022 year compared with the June 2021 year. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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