We gather statistics on how many people come and go from New Zealand, the reason for their visits, and if they come as residents, how well they settle here.

Getting immigration statistics

You can get our statistics in 2 ways:

  • download files linked below
  • use the migration data explorer.

Migration data explorer

The migration data explorer is a tool that lets you drill into immigration data, and also protects individual privacy.

To ensure we meet our legal obligation to protect personal information, all totals in the explorer tool have been randomly rounded to base three using best practice adopted by StatsNZ. This means figures may be slightly different to previous data we have published.

Migration Data Explorer | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Statistics files for download

CSV files are no longer available on this page. Detailed statistics can now be downloaded as CSV files through the migration data explorer.


A1b - Arrivals by month PDF 256KB

Ballot system

B1 - Applicants decided by ballot PDF 275KB


D1b - All departures by month PDF 219KB

Immigration law/compliance

Overstayers PDF 251KB

Limited purpose

LP1 - Limited purpose applications decided by financial year PDF 813KB

Recognised Seasonal Employer workers

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme arrivals PDF 187KB


Refugee and protection statistics PDF 595KB

  • Refugee and protection claims
  • Refugee quota and settlement
  • Refugee family support category


R1 - Resident decisions by financial year PDF 2MB

R4 - Occupation and region for SMC/General Skills principal applicants PDF 2MB

R7 - Resident applications accepted by financial year PDF 568KB

R8 - Resident applications on hand by month PDF 1MB

Returning residents

RRV1 - Returning resident's visas PDF 938KB


S1 - Student applications decided PDF 1MB

S7 - First-time students PDF 356KB


V1 - Visitor applications decided PDF 1MB


W1 - Work applications decided PDF 2MB

W3 - Work applications approved by occupation PDF 2MB