Flight of the Kiwi : Kiwis fly to Australia in search of a better nest - NZIER Insight 20
November 3, 2010
The continuous flow of Kiwis to Australia is closely linked to Australia’s economic performance. The big difference in income between Australia and New Zealand is likely to be a major factor. Life style factors and incomes in New Zealand are still appealing enough to attract a healthy flow of immigrants that more than compensates for the flow across the ditch – which is why the Treasury has previously termed this a brain exchange rather than a brain drain. But the combined effect of a growing income gap and larger population is predicted to lead to a net outflow of 26,000 people per year.