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Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand

This page gives you access to statistics from the Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ). LisNZ collected information on how well migrants settle, both socially and economically, during their first three years as permanent residents of New Zealand.

LisNZ followed the same migrants at 6, 18, and 36 months after taking up permanent residence. At the end of wave 3 interviews in October 2009, Statistics New Zealand had collected data from over 5,000 migrants.

LisNZ is a partnership between Statistics NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). Statistics NZ conducts the interviews and creates the datasets.

Information releases

Explore our LisNZ statistics.

Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ) – information releases
Detailed information and data on how well migrants settle over their first three years as permanent residents in New Zealand.

Reports and articles

Explore information gathered from research and analysis.

Immigrants and electoral enrolment: Do the numbers add up?
Working paper by A Henderson (No 13–01, published January 2013).

Attrition in the Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand
Research paper presented at the 2009 Association of Economists conference.

Migration Research Centre reports

Reports from the Labour and Immigration Research Centre on the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment website.

Data

Analyse the numbers.

Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand tables
LisNZ tables in NZ.Stat – a free web tool for creating and customising tables from datasets. The data is from the three waves of LisNZ.

LisNZ downloadable tables
Excel tables on migrants' settlement outcomes in regional areas of New Zealand.

Access to LisNZ data

Researchers can apply for access to confidentialised unit record files of LisNZ microdata at our Data Lab.

Purpose of LisNZ

Government agencies and other groups will use the findings from LisNZ to inform immigration policies and improve settlement services for migrants. More than 85 groups participated in the development of LisNZ, including central government agencies, ethnic and community groups, non-governmental organisations, local government, and academics.

Research based on LisNZ data will be used to:

  • inform immigration policy
  • provide insights into other social and economic policy development
  • provide information to local government, the voluntary sector, and community groups
  • enable further academic research that focuses on migration issues.

Information about the LisNZ

Survey information 
Information about how, when, and why the LisNZ collected data.

Modules covered in LisNZ 
Information about key topics covered in the survey.

Help

For any specific requests you may have, or if you would like more information about LisNZ, please contact our Information Centre.

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