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Permanent and long-term migration from the Philippines

Background

The Philippines was the second largest contributor to net permanent and long-term (PLT) migration to New Zealand in the year ended June 2007. This article explores the recent increase in PLT migration from the Philippines, and identifies some characteristics of Filipino migrants arriving in New Zealand.

PLT arrivals from the Philippines have increased significantly over the last two years. In the year ended June 2007, 1,800 more migrants arrived from the Philippines than in the previous June year. There were an additional 700 arrivals from the Philippines in 2006, when compared with 2005. In contrast to the recent increase, smaller increases in PLT arrivals from the Philippines recorded in 1994–1996 and 2001–2003 coincided with overall increases in total PLT migration during those years. As PLT departures to the Philippines remained relatively constant during the 2005–2007 period, the net PLT inflow from the Philippines has increased, from 600 in the June 2005 year, to 3,100 in the June 2007 year.

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