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How did migrants rate their move to New Zealand?

Finally, how successful did the new settlers rate their move to New Zealand? This was measured by their ratings of social life, employment, standard of living, housing, and outdoor environment of the current situation in New Zealand compared with those in their previous country of residence. A rating for the overall level of satisfaction on how well things had worked out since arriving in New Zealand was included.

Figure 2

Graph, Rating of Outcome of Move to New Zealand.

As one might expect, given existing social networks are disrupted by migration, social life had the highest ratings of being worse or much worse (nearly 40 percent). Housing also had a less favourable rating with about 30 percent saying it was worse or much worse in their current situation.

Ratings of employment, outdoor environment and overall were similar for both returning New Zealanders and the overseas-born. Employment opportunity and standard of living had slightly better ratings among the overseas-born. Housing was rated more favourably among returning New Zealanders, but previous experience or expectations of these conditions would affect their ratings. Also, knowledge and networks could enable returning New Zealanders to secure better housing which landlords might be reluctant to let to new immigrants.

Both outdoor environment and overall ratings were very favourable for both population groups; 80 percent rated their experience of migration or return migration to New Zealand as having better or much better outcomes.

Information sources

The data used comes from the Survey of Dynamics and Motivations for Migration in New Zealand: March 2007 quarter.

Technical notes

More details about the Survey of Dynamics and Motivations for Migration in New Zealand can be found in the links below.

More information.

Technical notes.

The document attached provides a three-level definition of the classification of reasons for moving from and to location, not moving location, moving to New Zealand and planning to move location.

The downloadable files are in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download the reader to view or print the contents of this file.

See the attached file: Classification of reasons for moving and not moving.

Glossary

Please refer to Glossary.

Further information

This page is part of a web-based analytical report by Statistics New Zealand.
The report includes more than 10 topics. To see the other topics, go to the Internal Migration webpage.

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