The Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand (LisNZ) was designed to collect data in order to understand how well migrants settle over their first three years as residents in New Zealand.
A longitudinal survey was chosen as it is the best method of understanding the complex dynamics of migration and the settlement processes. The same group of migrants (over 5,000 migrants) were interviewed at six months (wave 1), 18 months (Wave 2), and 36 months (Wave 3) after taking up residence in New Zealand between November 2004 and October 2005.
The results are being used to inform immigration policy development, particularly in the areas of immigration selection and settlement policies. Other government and non-government agencies are also using the information to help develop their policies, programmes, and services for migrants.
LisNZ is a partnership between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Statistics New Zealand. See the Statistics New Zealand website for further publications.