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Migrant News May 2018

www.migrantnews.nz New Zealand's only newspaper for migrants since 1991. email: migrantnews@xtra.co.nz

Migrant News May

migrantnews.co.nz Voice of New Kiwis, International Students email: migrantnews@xtra.co.nz I 27th Year of Publication EXPO WELCOME TO NZ INTO OUR 12TH YEAR! Settlement Info Advanced Career Planning Health & Welfare Education & Training Employment Franchising Seminar Business Opportunities Last year, 13 Filipinos left every day for NZ - and stayed there BY JEREMAIAH OPINIANO MANILA - The number 13 is unlucky for many, especially the Chinese and those influenced by such Chinese beliefs. But for the number of Philippines-born individuals who flew to New Zealand every day in 2017 and stayed there, it could be considered a lucky number. Indeed, the average number of Filipinos permanently settling in New Zealand each day from 2015 to 2017 was 13. The number even increased by some five percent in 2017, Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) data shows. The year-end data of SNZ’s monthly ‘International and travel migration data’ showed that the net migration of Filipinos as permanent and longterm migrants (PLTs) was some 4,739 Filipinos last year, 5.05 percent up from the 4,511 figure in 2016. The 2017 and 2016 figures, however, are lower than the net permanent and long-term migration by Filipinos in 2015, which hit 5,109. This means that in three years, the total number of Filipinos who flew to New Zealand and stayed there totalled 14,359, or 13.11 daily, from 2015 to 2017. Hence, the Philippines is considered the fifthlargest origin country in terms of the size of net PLT migration to New Zealand last year. The top four origin countries of these permanent and long-term migrants, in net terms, are China (9,275), India (6,746), the United Kingdom (6,371) and South Africa (4,953). SNZ gets the figure on net PLT migration by subtracting the number of PLT departures and PLT arrivals. DRIVERS BY definition, SNZ refers to PLT arrivals as “overseas migrants who arrive in New Zealand intending to stay for a period of 12 months or more (or permanently), plus New Zealand residents returning after an absence of 12 months of more”. PLT departures, for their part, are “New Zealand residents departing for an intended period of 12 months or more (or permanently), plus overseas visitors departing New Zealand after a stay of 12 months or more”. The number of Filipinos as PLT arrivals also rose in 2017 by some 6.2 percent to 5,223 from 4.918 percent in 2016. Meanwhile, some 484 Filipinos as PLT departures were recorded in 2017, or some 18.9 percent more than the 407 who left New Zealand in 2016. What drove Filipino PLT arrivals in 2017 was Filipinos arriving on work visas (total: 2,396). In terms of the absolute number of PLT arrivals on work visas, the United Kingdom (723) and the Philippines (526) had the largest increases in work visa arrivals last year. However, 2017 Filipino PLT arrivals on student visas (1,527) and residence visas (896) were lower in number than the 2016 figures (1,570 and 973, respectively). New Zealand had a net migration of 70,016 in 2017, given migrant PLT arrivals of 131,566 and departures of 61,550. In the terms of New Zealand’s census, the latest of which was in 2013, there are 40,347 Filipinos in New Zealand. Half of them (20,502) live in the Auckland region and some 86 percent of these Filipinos (34,356) were born in the Philippines. An analysis by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, written by Asian Studies Professor Manying Ip of the University of Auckland, showed that Filipinos are the third-largest Asian ethnic group in New Zealand, overtaking the Koreans. But unlike some negative media reports of the numerous entries of Chinese and Korean international students, “there was no outcry of a ‘Filipino invasion and no discussion of ‘Filipino student issues’ in the [New Zealand] mainstream media,” Ip wrote. She gave five reasons for this observation: Filipinos’ high rates of English fluency, their entry as skilled migrants in New Zealand, Filipinos’ “presence as comparatively ‘stable settlers’,” Filipinos’ religious habits and Filipinos’ Austronesian physical looks. CITIZENSHIP Filipinos registered a historic high in the number of their compatriots who were granted citizenship by New Zealand in 2017. Sixty eight year data (from 1949) from New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs showed that 3,565 Filipinos were granted citizenship in 2017. That is an 18.2 percent uptick from the 2016 total of 3,016. - The OFW Journalism Consortium Continued on page 8

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