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International Travel and Migration: May 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  22 June 2017
Key facts

In May 2017 compared with May 2016 visitor arrivals were up 15,500 to 209,200.

The biggest changes were in arrivals from:

  • Australia (up 9,200)
  • United States (up 2,500)
  • United Kingdom (up 1,200)
  • India (up 1,100)
  • China (down 1,500).

Graph, Visitor arrivals, monthly values, May 2007 to May 2017.

Overseas trips by New Zealand residents were up 22,400 to 233,100.

The biggest changes were in departures to:

  • Australia (up 3,500)
  • United Kingdom (up 2,100)
  • Fiji (up 1,800)
  • United States (up 1,800)
  • Vanuatu (down 1,100).

Graph, Overseas trips by NZ residents, monthly values, May 2007 to May 2017.

Permanent and long-term arrivals were up 600 to 8,400.

Permanent and long-term departures were up 500 to 5,300.

Graph, Net permanent and long-term migration, monthly values, May 2007 to May 17.

In May 2017, seasonally adjusted figures showed a net gain of  5,900 migrants.

Graph, Seasonally adjusted permanent and long-term migration, monthly values, May 2007 to May 2017.

In the May 2017 year compared with the May 2016 year:

  • visitor arrivals numbered 3.6 million, up 323,200 (10 percent)
  • New Zealand residents departed on 2.7 million trips overseas, up 278,500 (11 percent)
  • permanent and long-term arrivals were 130,400, up 5,600 (4 percent)
  • permanent and long-term departures were 58,400, up 2,000 (4 percent)
  • the net gain in migrants was 72,000.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1179-0407
22 June 2017

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