In numbers, a country that “attracts immigrants” becomes a “repellant of their children”

Recent statistics in New Zealand have revealed that the country’s young people are remarkably willing to emigrate abroad, contrary to what is usual in the remote country.

According to the British newspaper “The Guardian”, the pace of immigration increased after the lifting of travel restrictions imposed by the country’s authorities earlier, to contain the Corona epidemic.

Statistics New Zealand data showed the net immigration rate was negative for the year to last March, with 7,300 people leaving arrivals.

The immigration situation in New Zealand differs a lot, currently, compared to what it was before Corona and during the lockdown period. In the year ending March 2020, the immigration surplus reached 91,700 people, meaning Arrivals were tens of thousands more than Departures.

The Guardian reported that many New Zealanders, especially young people and recent graduates, are migrating abroad, under the weight of the economic situation in New Zealand, which is one of the developed countries, but has witnessed an increase in the rate of inflation.

New Zealand suffers from 6.9 percent inflation, in addition to the high cost of housing, high cost of living, fuel, mortgage and various other costs of living.

Economist Brad Olsen believes that New Zealand has seen a major and unprecedented change in immigration, “for the first time we see a negative number”, meaning that the number of departures exceeds the number of arrivals, while that the country had a significant surplus before the Corona period at around 50 thousand and 60 thousand per year.

Stats NZ, a government statistics body, explained that this increase was mainly due to the exit demand of young people, especially those between 18 and 27 years old.

Economists fear that New Zealand will suffer from a major labor shortage, especially since the unemployment rate is very low in the country, at present, not exceeding 3.2 percent.

The economist Olsen says that there is a difficulty in finding workers in the country, which means that companies will be in trouble so that they can continue with their activities normally.

In April, the New Zealand government suggested that 50,000 people would leave over the next year, but the number could rise to 125,000 if many young people who postponed their trip after graduation leave due to Corona circumstances.

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