23 Jan 2010

Surge in skilled workers from South Africa

8:55 am on 23 January 2010

The number of skilled workers immigrating to New Zealand from South Africa rose by more than 40% last year.

Most skilled migrant approvals from 2008 to 2009 came from the United Kingdom, which accounted for 22%.

South Africa became the second largest source, at 18%, beating China into third spot with 14%.

The chairman of South Africans in New Zealand Charitable Trust, Brian Casey, says those who have already arrived from South Africa are encouraging further immigration by reporting back about New Zealand's attractive lifestyle.

However, he says, many South Africans have had to leave this country because they can not find work.