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11 January 2007
New Zealand's Department of Labour has released a report, "Migration Trends 2005/06," detailing immigration statistics from the previous year. The report is produced annually to provide information about trends in temporary and permanent migration to New Zealand.
While Australian nationals were the largest group of temporary entrants to New Zealand, UK nationals make up the largest portion of permanent residency approvals in 2005-2006, followed by Chinese. Permanent residency figures have increased overall in recent years, from over 30,000 in 1996-1997 to 51,236 in this year's report.
In the Skilled Migrant Category, the UK was the largest source at 41%, a 10% increase over the previous year. 12% came from South Africa and 11% from China.
The number of work permits issued increased by 21% over the previous year. 99,674 people were allowed to immigrate into New Zealand to work, a 21% increase over the previous year. Of these, 18,659 UK applicants were granted work permits.
The increase in work permits was in part a result of expansions to the Working Holiday scheme and the new Work to Residence policies.
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