Number of British migrants to New Zealand at its highest for 10 years
For the first time in 10 years, the number of British migrants entering New Zealand has risen, according to figures from Immigration New Zealand.
During 2016 a 8% increase on 2015 figures in the number of British citizens becoming New Zealand residents was recorded. This is the first increase in the ast decade. The number of work visas offered to British citizens increased by 1,500 in the three months to November 2016 alone.
2016 Saw a number of pivotal political events. Notably, after the announcement of Britain’s exit from the EU, the number of Britons migrating to New Zealand between May to July reached 5,385 and then between August to September reached 6,882.
It was also well documented that the immigration website crashed following the presidential vote that saw Donald Trump rise to power. Significantly, Britain and America accounted for more visits to the immigration website following this news that the next 13 countries combined.