New Zealand welcomes more students from India
According to New Zealand’s Department of Labour, more new international students are coming in from India than any other source country. India is also the second largest source country when it comes to skilled migrants. In 2011, skilled migrants coming to New Zealand from India made up 13 per cent with 10,500 arriving. This is up from the eight per cent of skilled migrants Indians made up in 2010.
The figures have been released by the Migration Trends and Outlook 2010/11. The report said that the number of temporary workers and permanent migrants was dropping because of the global slowdown. However, international student numbers have risen by two per cent, with most coming from India.
The study added that the influx of students from India is having a knock on effect to skilled migration and work visas, and is similar to the situation which has been experienced with China over the last 10 years.
Because migration numbers are down due to the world’s economic situation, skilled migrants from China and India are increasingly important. Although the UK remains the number one source of skilled workers, the number of those deciding to permanently relocate has been in decline since 2004.
The report explains that the recession and the Canterbury earthquake have meant that there are fewer skilled positions available, and that temporary skilled workers were having an impact on the number of skilled permanent workers settling in New Zealand.
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