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Migration Trends 2004/05. What’s new in the 04/05 report?. Migration in a broader context External migration Temporary flows Temporary to residence Gender ratios for Student and work permit holders Residence approvals More occupation information

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Migration trends 2004 05

Migration Trends 2004/05


What s new in the 04 05 report

What’s new in the 04/05 report?

  • Migration in a broader context

    • External migration

    • Temporary flows

    • Temporary to residence

  • Gender ratios for

    • Student and work permit holders

    • Residence approvals

  • More occupation information

    • Work permit holders (labour market tested)

    • Skilled Migrant Category principal applicants


Temporary residence

Temporary Residence

  • Over 1.5 million people granted temporary entry in 2004/05

    • Plus almost 700,000 arrivals from Australia

      Work Permit holders

  • 82,500 in 04/05

    • 12% more people than in 03/04

  • Student Permit holders

    • 77,600 in 04/05 to students from over 160 nationalities

      • Down 11% from 87,000 in 03/04


  • Growth in temporary residents

    Growth in Temporary Residents

    • Work and student arrivals between 2000/01 and 2004/05


    International students

    International Students

    • Falling numbers from China

      • 34,100 in 04/05, down from 40,700 in 03/04

      • Offshore approvals fell from 15,700 in 02/03 to 2,400 in 04/05

    Number of students approved offshore: top 10 countries


    Temporary to permanent residence

    Temporary to Permanent Residence

    • Strong link between temporary and permanent residence

      • Reinforced through policies

      • Research shows good outcomes for migrants with NZ experience

    • About 25% of students go on to gain permanent residence

    • Over 30% of work permit holders go on to gain residence

    • 88% of principal applicants approved for residence in 04/05 had previously held a work, student, or visitor permit


    Work permit holders gaining residence

    Work permit holders gaining residence

    • Cumulative residence take-up by principal applicants approved for a work permit between 1997/98 and 2004/05

    Year approved for work permit


    Residence approvals

    Residence Approvals

    • 48,815 people were approved in 04/05

    • Approval numbers were buoyed by:

      • Prioritisation of SMC applications

      • Very low SMC decline rates

      • Successful marketing initiatives in NZ and key markets (particularly the UK)

      • Slightly higher average family size

        Residence approval numbers: last two financial years


    Source countries

    Source Countries

    • 55% of residence approvals from 4 countries in 04/05

      • 49% of SMC approvals were from the UK

      • 17% of Family Sponsored migrants were from the UK

        Proportion of approvals by main source countries


    Applications inflows

    Applications Inflows

    • High demand for permanent residence

  • Residence application inflows: last two financial years


  • Skilled migrant category

    Skilled Migrant Category

    • SMC approvals made up 49% of all approvals

      • 23,854 people in 04/05

    • 87% of principal applicants had a job or offer

      • 61% had a main occupation in a skill shortage area

    • Growing spread throughout the regions


    Business categories

    Business Categories

    • Entrepreneur Category approvals increasing

      • Now 61% of Business Category approvals

      • Steady increase in application inflows as LTBV holders apply for residence

    • Decreasing Investor Category approvals in recent years

      • From 4,400 in 01/02 to 1,400 in 04/05

      • New Investor policy in 05/06

    Applications through the Entrepreneur and Investor Categories


    Family sponsored stream

    Family Sponsored Stream

    • High demand for places in the Family Sponsored Stream

      • Particularly from partners and parents

      • Demand outnumbers the places available

  • Applications for residence through the Family Category


  • Long term absence

    Relatively steady rate of absence across cohorts

    23% of migrants approved in 1998 were long term absent at 30 June

    Long Term Absence

    Long term absence at six-monthly intervals of the cohorts of migrants approved for residence between 1998-2002


    New migrant follow up survey

    New Migrant Follow up Survey

    • Survey of skilled/business migrants 3-5 months after taking up residence

      • 2,060 respondents in June 05 analysis, from over 60 nationalities

        Some indicative results are positive:

      • 96% of SMC principals were reportedly employed

      • A high proportion of employed respondents worked in shortage areas – health (27%) and education (15%)

      • High level of satisfaction with jobs (79%), accommodation (81%), schooling (89%), and life in New Zealand (93%)


    Migrants likes and dislikes

    Migrants’ likes and dislikes

    *This option was added in April 2005 and was only available to 782 respondents


    Migration trends report

    Migration Trends Report

    • The full report is now available at this link:

    • www.immigration.govt.nz/research

    • If you would like a hard copy, you can email your name and address [email protected]


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