Thousands of people leaving New Zealand – Stats NZ

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The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ says.

There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, including 16,400 departures. However, in the 12 months to November more than 50,000 migrants left New Zealand.

The increase in departures in November 2021 coincided with the opening of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia on 1 November.

Departures from New Zealand in November 2021 were led by citizens of:

  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Australia
  • India
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Due to the government’s scrapping of departure cards there is no record of the jobs or careers the people leaving New Zealand did – so the impact on companies needing to recruit staff is impossible to quantify.

Stats NZ’s population indicators manager Tehseen Islam says: “Historically, travel numbers tend to increase toward the end of the year, and provisional data for December 2021 shows a further increase in the number of border crossings, although levels overall are well below those before the covid-19 pandemic.”

Border crossings include all arrivals and departures, either for short-term trips or longer-term migration, by people living overseas or in New Zealand. New Zealand citizens continue to be the largest single group of arrivals and departures each month.

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