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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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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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