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Migrating to Australia - Related News

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Published: The New Zealand herald , 5 March 2012

New Zealand recorded its biggest loss of migrants in a 12-month period since August 2001, as kiwis continued to jump the ditch seeking a better standard of life and higher-paying jobs in Australia.

Some 4,700 more New Zealanders left for Australia than arrived in January, taking the annual loss to a record 38,100 in the 12 month-period, according to Statistics New Zealand. That drove a monthly net outflow of migrants to 500, and pushed the net outflow of migrants to 3,134 in the year ended Jan. 31, the highest net loss since August 2001.

Published: The New Zealand herald , 21 March 2012

New Zealanders continued to abandon their home country for Australia, with the speed of annual departures accelerating to a record 53,000 last month.

New Zealand lost a net 39,100 people to Australia in the 12 months ended February 29, 4,100 of whom left in the month of February alone, Statistics New Zealand said today.

That's the biggest-ever annual net loss to Australia, as just 13,900 people crossed the Tasman to live in New Zealand, though short of the monthly record of 5,000 in February 2001.

Published: 21 March 2012

Record numbers of New Zealanders continued to flee to Australia in the 12 months to February, with a net loss to that country of 39,100 people, the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show.

New Zealand had an overall net loss of 4100 migrants in the year to February, the largest loss since the August 2001 year when a net 4400 left the country.

A total of 53,000 New Zealanders left for Australia for the year, which was also a record, partly offset by 13,900 arrivals from Australia, though most of those were returning Kiwis.

From: NZ Hearld, 14 May 2012

Australia's mining boom is fuelling its economy, making the country even more attractive to Kiwi job-seekers - including those at the Oz Jobs Expo.

Thousands of New Zealanders - including many disillusioned immigrants - are looking for new jobs and new lives in Australia.

During the weekend, about 6000 people packed the Oz Jobs Expo in Auckland, at which Australian companies were headhunting Kiwi skills and experience.

From: NZ Hearld, 16 May 2012

Mandy Taylor promoting Ausmove, an Australian relocation service, at the Oz Jobs Expo, held at the SkyCity convention centre, Auckland.

Photo / Steven McNicholl

Australians taking our Kiwi talent is always a difficult subject to broach in conversation.

Phar Lap's dual nationality hasn't been resolved and he died before World War II. So it's normally rather tense when the exodus of NZ's brightest students to Australia is mentioned.

From: Steven Smith TVNZ, 21 April 2012

New Zealanders continued to abandon their home country for Australia, with the speed of annual departures accelerating to a record 53,000 last month. 


From: NZ Hearld, 22 June 2012

The number of New Zealanders living in Australia has jumped 24 per cent over the past five years and a new political party is calling for a limit on Kiwis crossing the Tasman.

The results of the 2011 Australian census, released yesterday, show that the number of New Zealanders living there reached 483,000 last year, up from 390,000 in 2006. The five-year increase is almost as big as the surge in the previous decade.

Immigration expert Professor Paul Spoonley of Massey University said the figures were not surprising, especially in the context of New Zealand's relatively flat job market. "The important push and pull is the job market, on both sides of the Tasman.

From: One News, 2 September 2012

It's cheaper, the foods better, it's healthier and they get paid twice as much. But how long will that last?

Sunday-playThere are calls in Australia for the 'open door' policy to be restricted due the growing number of Kiwis. It is as easy as buying a plane ticket and packing your bag, but how long will this last. There are calls for the open door policy to be restricted.

Some Australians are thinking there should be a cap instead of the current open door policy and that the cap should really be in the 30,000 to 40,000 range.

This is because the increase seen last year of 54,000 is signifcant. Obivously if the same patern continued over the next few years, it would be at 100,000 and this is too much. This is not compatible with Australia working to stabilise its population.

From: NZ Herald, 1 October 2012

Loss of skilled trades workers is threatening NZ with economic crisis, experts warn.

The face of the exodus to Australia is changing as skilled trade workers in their 20s replace young, well-educated Kiwis flocking to Australia.

Ten years ago, New Zealand was hit by a brain drain; now young tradespeople are chasing jobs and larger pay packets in Australia in a migration dubbed the "trades drain".

From: NZ Herald, 12 October 2012

New Zealanders moving home from Australia will soon be able to access some of their retirement savings from the age of 60.

Legislation introduced in Australia yesterday will make it possible for people to transfer retirement savings across the Tasman, in either direction, from July next year.

Kiwis who have worked in Australia and made compulsory superannuation payments will be able to bring their savings across into a KiwiSaver scheme.

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