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Survey Of Those Arriving In New Zealand Since The Onset Of COVID-19 Helps Assess Economic Impact

A survey of people arriving in New Zealand since the
initial COVID-19 border restrictions has been carried out to
find out more about their intentions and needs.

release presents the first findings from the Survey of New
Zealand Arrivals, which surveyed returnees (and other
arrivals) after arriving in New Zealand.

preliminary results reflect those of the arrival population
between 1 August 2020 and 9 January 2021. A total of 5,014
people arriving during this period participated in the
Survey. The results have been weighted to reflect New
Zealand arrivals in this group during the arrival

“The information collected is intended to
give government a fuller picture of those arriving in New
Zealand during the COVID-19 period. This information will
help agencies to develop more responsive policies, as well
as examine the longer term outcomes in employment, social
services, housing and education,” David Paterson, Manager
Migration Evidence and Insights, Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment said.

The top reason for
returning to New Zealand was for family-related or
compassionate reasons. Half of arrivals said COVID-19 was a
factor in their decision to come to New Zealand, while just
under a quarter said they would leave New Zealand if the
COVID-19 situation improved.

The survey also showed
that over half of those who arrived live in a property they
own, partly own, or that is owned by family or friends.
Around 27 per cent are living in a long-term rental
property. The results showed that just over half of the
respondents reported that COVID-19 had played a part in
their return or travel to New Zealand. Thirty-nine per cent
of arrivals were living in Auckland, fourteen per cent in
Wellington, and ten per cent in

Seventy-nine per cent of arrivals agreed
that their current living situation met their living needs.
Thirty-seven per cent had a new job in New Zealand, and
thirty-five per cent were not in paid employment.

cross-government collaboration, involving eleven agencies,
ensures that the information needs of multiple government
agencies are collected in a coordinated way, while reducing
the burden on respondents of completing surveys from
multiple agencies.

The Survey of New Zealand Arrivals
is ongoing and further findings will be released as they

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