6 Dec 2023

Record migration : NZ set to top OECD

From Nine To Noon, 11:20 am on 6 December 2023
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The population looks set to grow between 2.4 and 2.6% this year, and Massey University demographer Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley says it looks like we'll end the year with the highest net population gain in the OECD.

Meanwhile New Zealand citizens are departing in droves - equal to the high years during 2011 and 2012.

Professor Spoonley says a Productivity Commission report last year highlighted the need for more services and infrastructure to keep pace with migration, but has had little impact on policy.

Professor Paul Spoonley is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Honorary Research Associate in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.