Canterbury employers have become more confident about recruiting skilled employees from overseas, with net migration and arrival figures at an all-time high for the year to February 2014.
Latest figures released by Statistics New Zealand show that in the year to February 2014, 11,000 people arrived in Canterbury from overseas - the highest number since records were first published in 1990.
Canterbury gained a net 5100 migrants in the year to February 2014, the highest number as well.
Britain was the top source country for migrants, followed by The Philippines.
Arrivals from Ireland, India and China also increased.
Most were here to work in the construction and the trades sectors, and brought family with them, Statistics New Zealand said.
Settlement Support Co-ordinator at the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce Lana Hart said she had seen a change of attitude from business owners towards hiring migrants from overseas.
"Two years ago, companies were a bit hesitant and reluctant to take on offshore skills."
She said migration figures were likely to go up in future.
"There is going to be a steady flow of migrants from all around the world to help with the rebuild. Growth strategies now often include offshore recruitment."
By the numbers
Migration net gain in Canterbury in the 12 months to February 2014: 5100 total