Published on April 27th, 2009 | by john.weir2
British migration to New Zealand up 17%
The number of Brits making a permanent move to live in New Zealand grew by 17 percent in the year ending March 2009, according to statistics released by Immigration New Zealand.
New Zealand saw a net flow of 8,300 people permanently migrating from the United Kingdom in the year from March 2008-2009, an increase of 17 percent from 6,900 in the previous year. The UK thus remains the largest source country of migrants for New Zealand for the fifth year in a row.
Andrew Lockhart, regional manager for Immigration New Zealand comments: â€œThe effects of the recession appear to have spurred a lot of people into taking the plunge and making a permanent move abroad. The weakness of the Sterling against the Euro means that many Brits wanting to migrate are increasingly looking further afield, with the relaxed pace of life and standard of living in New Zealand clearly being huge draws.
â€œThere is still a huge variety of opportunities available for skilled British workers who are keen to move to New Zealand, from traditional occupations such as doctors, teachers and nurses to more unusual skills such as skydiving instructors and animators,â€ he added.