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| Lately, the US political arena
has been swamped with
proclamations of doom by analysts and economists. These analysts line
of reasoning states that the centre of the global economy is shifting
away from the US and towards Asia and the EU.
[...]It is understood that China and India will grow exponentially in the coming decades becoming the most politically and economically potent regions in the world. America (the giant of the 20th century) will succumb to the new superpowers.
[...]Various factors threaten to eliminate completely America's 20th century role as the world's foremost competitor for global creative talent.
Compounding America's looming creativity crisis is the dynamic nature of creative class workers, who seek not only fulfilling jobs -- but also tolerant and vibrant communities and cities.
This new class of workers does not define itself by national boundaries, but is highly mobile, willing to relocate for the best social, cultural, and economic opportunities.
A wake-up call to business, political, and cultural leaders alike, FLIGHT weaves these issues together in the sort of macro-level analysis that will truly affect the way its readers view the world around them.
|How does this apply to NZ?
The departure of New Zealanders to Australia hit a near two-decade high last year.
Figures out today from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) put the net outflow of permanent and long term (PLT) migrants to Australia at 28,000 in 2007, compared with 20,700 the previous year. That was the highest net outflow to Australia for a December year since 1988, when it was 33,400, SNZ said.
The PLT flow to Australia was a big factor in a slowdown in the impact of migration on the New Zealand population last year. The overall 5500 net PLT gain for the year ended December was below the annual average of 11,800 recorded for the December years from 1990-2007, SNZ said.
But overall PLT arrivals were down just 200 on the December 2006 year to 82,600, while the 77,100 PLT departures were up 9000.
The main source of migrants last year was Britain, which provided 7100 people, although that was down from 10,900 the previous year.
For the December month, overall PLT departures exceeded arrivals by 100, compared with an excess of 1000 arrivals over departures in December 2006.
The change in the direction of the net flow was mainly due to 900 more New Zealand citizen departures, including 800 more to Australia, and 200 more non-New Zealand citizen departures, SNZ said.
Seasonally adjusted, December arrivals were the same as departures, the lowest seasonally adjusted net flow since May 2001.
Short-term visitor numbers were also looking shaky, with the 317,300 short-term overseas visitor arrivals to this country in December, 1800 or 1 percent down on December 2006. Seasonally adjusted, visitor arrivals decreased 1 percent between November and December.
Arrivals in the December quarter were also lower than a year earlier, down 9600 or 1 percent at 726,000. For the whole of 2007 visitor arrivals were up 44,100 or 2 percent to 2.47 million.
In December, while the number of visitors to this country was declining, the number of New Zealand residents leaving on short-term overseas trips was rising.
New Zealand residents departed on 199,700 short-term overseas trips last month, up 9200 or 5 percent on December 2006. Almost 40 percent of the increase was due to sea cruises to the Pacific Islands, SNZ said.
For the December quarter, resident departures were up 36,800 or 8 percent to 527,300, while for the year to December they increased 116,400 or 6 percent to 1.98m.
|Last revised: 8 March 2008