British registrations to move to New Zealand double after Brexit - Immigration NZ

Brits are showing a lot of post-Brexit interest in escaping to NZ.
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Brits are showing a lot of post-Brexit interest in escaping to NZ.

British interest in moving to New Zealand has soared since the Brexit vote, with a tenfold increase in Immigration NZ registrations on the day after the referendum on leaving the European Union.

NZME reported more 10,647 registrations came from the UK in the 49 days that followed the June 23 vote, compared with the same period last year.

The day before the poll was taken, Immigration NZ received 109 British registrations to work, study or invest in New Zealand. Two days later, that number hit 998.

In the three days after the vote, Immigration NZ said numbers of British visitors to its website nearly trebled, from just over 2000 a day to more than 5500.

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One immigration update system received 2169 registrations from British nationals over the three days - it usually receives around 3000 a month.

But the interest won't necessarily translate to a flood of migrants from the UK. Those who apply to come to New Zealand will need to meet immigration criteria and obtain visas.

It's also still not clear when Britain's departure from the European Union will take place.

A flood of interest in buying property in New Zealand was also seen around the time of the Brexit vote.

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The week leading up to the referendum and the week following the decision that Britain would leave the European Union saw a 27 per cent jump in people from the UK browsing on New Zealand property site realestate.co.nz, compared to British visitors to the site during the two weeks before this period. 

Users spent an average of near eight minutes, scanning through eight pages on average - activity a realestate.co.nz spokeswoman said was "fairly engaged".

Americans, too, were eyeing New Zealand as an escape route from whichever of their two main election candidates eventually became president.

Between February 1 and June 29 - when the US presidential campaign began ramping up - new users from the US rose 21 per cent when compared to the same period a year ago. 

People from both Britain and the United States had taken to social media to express how "appealing" New Zealand was looking against their own political circumstances.

 - Stuff

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