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Here’s how many South Africans have emigrated to New Zealand

There are some things New Zealand can offer that South Africa can’t. Certainly for young families, a life on the islands is highly appealing.

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More people made the jump from Protea to Kiwi in the last year than ever before in one calendar year. South Africans have been charmed by New Zealand, and the promises it can deliver on.

Facts and figures provided to us by StatsNZ show that people emigrating to the islands from Mzansi has risen steadily, year-on-year, since 2004.

How many South Africans have gone to New Zealand?

In the last financial year, 5 200 Saffas upped-sticks and went to live in New Zealand, with more than half (2 638) securing themselves a work visa.

A total of 1 279 student visas had also been issued over the 12-month period. South Africans are taking the opportunity to study at world-class universities in places like Auckland and Christchurch.

Residence visas (619) and long-term visitor visas (679) make up the rest of the numbers. Those who have the luxury of going to New Zealand without having to secure employment are perhaps the luckiest of the bunch.

Why are South Africans choosing New Zealand?

It’s a case of hearing the same-old, familiar stories. We spoke to John Dunn, who is an immigration manager at Sable International. He says that the reduced crime rate is a huge motivating factor for our emigres, but also, many have another destination in mind:

“The main reasons South Africans go to New Zealand is for their low crime rate, political stability and the similar culture.  New Zealand is also an easier stepping stone into Australia, which is usually the end goal.”

“South Africa is probably losing a decent tax contributor in these situations, too. That comes with the potential of losing skilled individuals, hence contributing to our brain drain.”

SA to NZ: Emigration by age groups

StatsNZ also provided us with a breakdown of arrivals by age. According to their data, you’re most likely to move to New Zealand when you are in your thirties – or, if you’re aged nine or under. At the typical age people start families and take stock of their futures, many decide to leave while their kids are still young.

In fact, more 30-39-year-olds are leaving for NZ than all age groups over 40 combined. The Land of the Long White Cloud doesn’t look like it’s a first choice destination for South African residents looking to retire:

0-4 Years: 643.
5-9 Years: 680.
10-14 Years: 454.
15-19 Years: 262.
20-24 Years: 164.
25-29 Years: 551.
30-34 Years: 703.
35-39 Years: 687.
40-44 Years: 530.
45-49 Years: 283.
50-54 Years: 131.
55-59 Years: 58.
60-64 Years: 34.
65-69 Years: 43.
70-74 Years: 33.
75 Years and over: 19.