“Is New Zealand China’s next Canada?” asks the South China Morning Post.
New Zealand reached its highest intake of immigrants in more than 10 years, attributable mainly to an influx of wealthy Chinese immigrants. Of the 6,200 new Chinese arrivals in the 12 months leading up to March, half were participants in a scheme New Zealand’s Investor Plus scheme.
Most of New Zealand’s long-term arrivals were from China (6,200), followed by 6,100 from India and 5,800 from Britain over the same period.
Ming Tiang, head of Chiwi Immigration Services in Auckland, said that the top attraction for Chinese families was the “beautiful environment, good weather and living standard” in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s net migration surged to an 11-year high of 31,900 in the year to March, as 98,000 immigrants arrived and 66,100 left the country. It was the second-highest net gain yet.