Record number of migrants flock to New Zealand

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New Zealand is seeing a record number of migrants move here, and the numbers on work visas also continue to climb.

Customs officer receives New Zealand passport.

Source: 1 NEWS

Statistics New Zealand figures show in the February year, 71,300 more migrants arrived in New Zealand than left.

That equals the previous annual record set in January.

A new annual record has also been set – with 128,800 in the year to February.

Population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan says about a third of all migrant arrivals for the year were people coming to New Zealand on work visas.

Just over a quarter of all work-visa migrants were from the United Kingdom and France.

But the numbers coming here on student and residence visas were down.

New Zealand has also seen a record number of tourists – 3.54 million in the year to February.

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