More Indian students in New Zealand

Published:  3 Feb at 2 PM
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India sends the most students and the second most skilled migrants to New Zealand, reveals a report by the Department of Labour.

In 2011, 13 per cent of skilled migrants entering New Zealand were Indian, which is an increase from the 8 per cent in 2010, reports the NZ Herald.

The report states that despite the global slowdown in temporary workers and permanent migrants, international students and bucking the trend and entering in bigger numbers every year. More Indian students has a ‘flow-on’ effect to work visas, meaning more skilled migration from India, the report continues. This is a similar pattern to what happened in China, which has been ‘exporting’ more students for the last decade.

Despite increasing numbers from India, China still sends the most students abroad to study. Students are a valuable source of migrants as migration numbers are diminishing due to the economic slowdown.

In the last year just over 20,000 people were granted visas in the skilled migrant category. The UK is still the biggest source country, but the numbers have been decreasing since 2004. India’s rise has replaced South Africa, which was in second place. The number of permanent migrants entering New Zealand last year – just over 40,000 – was less than the number that had been planned for.
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