China has surpassed the United Kingdom to be the largest source country for students and residents moving to New Zealand, racking up 15% of the approved residency visas for the 2012/2013 year. The UK and India came in second place, each responsible for about 13% of the country’s new residents.
The blue-skied, low AQI destination has become wildly popular with China’s wealthy looking to settle outside of their home country. Some native (well, at least, longer-settled) New Zealanders are a bit less enthusiastic about the migration, and harbor fears that long-term residents will eventually reap the benefits of the country’s social programs despite treating New Zealand like something of a beach-house, with “many having contributed little if not anything to the tax base.”
According to the New Zealand Herald, China was responsible for one in four international students in 2012/2013, as well as 47,000 individual visitors to the country, many of whom likely left with suitcases filled with sweet, precious, melamine-free milk.