Why Auckland? Advice and Opportunity: A Study of Why Migrants Settle in Auckland
It is recognised internationally that newly-arrived migrants tend to settle in 'spatially concentrated areas'. In New Zealand, most migrants go to the Auckland region. The 2001 census showed that about 60 percent of adult migrants who had arrived in New Zealand since 1996 lived in central or south Auckland and that the concentration of recent migrants in Auckland and South Auckland was increasing.
This report is a second exploratory study into why and how migrants settle in different locations within New Zealand. The first explored the reasons for migrants' choice of Wellington as a destination.
Background to this study
This report is one of a series of exploratory studies which comprise the Five Years On project, the samples for which were drawn from the cohort of just over 6,000 people who took part in the Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ) and who agreed to a further in-depth interview. In total 64 people took part in these in-depth studies, 24 of whom were from Auckland. All had been in New Zealand at least 5 years since gaining permanent residence by the time they took part in this study.
Purpose of this study to better understand migrant motivations
This report is a step to a better understanding of the motivations that underpin the national patterns of migrant settlement in New Zealand and on-migration to other destinations. Focussing on Auckland provides insight into the country's largest and most dynamic migrant hub.
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