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May 21, 2012

New Zealanders' exodus to Australia hits record high

     Wellington (New Zealand): The exodus of New Zealanders seeking a better life in Australia hit a record high last month, the government statistics agency announced Monday. In the year to the end of April, New Zealand had a net loss of migrants to Australia of 39,800, the highest annual figure ever recorded, according to Statistics New Zealand. The figure was made up of a record 53,500 departures to Australia , offset by 13,700 arrivals from Australia with New Zealand citizens comprising the majority of migrants in both directions, said a statement from the agency. Annual outflows to Australia had been at record levels since the November 2011 year, it said. The previous high of 35,400 was reached in the December 2008 year. New Zealand had a net loss of 800 migrants overall last month, following a net loss of 300 in February and a net gain of 200 in March. New Zealand had a net loss of 4,000 migrants overall in the year ending April, continuing a series of an annual net losses since the October 2011 year, peaking at 4,100 in the February 2012 year. There were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by the United Kingdom (5,500), India (5,100), China (5,000), and the Philippines (2,100). Six hundred residents of Christchurch , the South Island city that has been battered by earthquakes since September 2010, moved overseas last month, while 400 migrants arrived from overseas to settle in the city.
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