We gather statistics on how many people leave New Zealand, and on those who come, the reason for their visits, and if they come as residents and how well they settle in New Zealand.

Getting immigration statistics

You can get our statistics by:

  • downloading files linked below
  • using 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.

We meet our legal obligation to protect personal information by randomly rounding totals in the tool base three. This is best practice from StatsNZ. It does mean figures can be different to our previously published data.

The Migration Data Explorer replaced the annual Migration Trends report, which is no longer published.

Migration Data Explorer | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Statistics files for download

You can download detailed statistics as CSV files using the Migration Data Explorer.


Arrivals by month PDF 247KB

Ballot system

Applicants decided by ballot PDF 270KB

Border Exceptions

Border exception EOIs, visas and arrivals (February 2022) PDF 243KB

Border exception EOIs, visas and arrivals (March 2022) PDF 249KB

Border exception EOIs, visas and arrivals (April 2022) PDF 253KB

Border exception EOIs, visas and arrivals (May 2022) PDF 309KB


All departures by month PDF 215KB

Limited purpose

Limited purpose applications decided by financial year PDF 818KB

Recognised Seasonal Employer workers

Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme arrivals PDF 733KB


Refugee and protection statistics PDF 409KB

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


Resident decisions by financial year PDF 2MB

Occupation and region for SMC/General Skills principal applicants PDF 1MB

Resident applications accepted by financial year PDF 566KB

Resident applications on hand by month PDF 1MB

Returning residents

Returning resident visas PDF 945KB


Student applications decided PDF 1MB

First-time students PDF 351KB


Visitor applications decided PDF 2MB


Work applications decided PDF 2MB

Work applications approved by occupation PDF 2MB