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NZ Migration Trends to Europe

The current statistics provided by Stats NZ, show that as of January 2024, there were around 123,300 New Zealanders leaving the country over the past year. This is an increase of 30 per cent compared to the previous year and the highest number on record for any 12-month period.

Many of these people decide to migrate to Europe for various reasons. As New Zealand has a strong relationship with many European countries, migration is made quite easy for many people who may want to explore their European ancestry.

Travel around Europe is quite easy, so those looking for adventure and the ability to explore new places and cultures find it quite enticing to move to a European country.

New Zealand also has a strong relationship with the EU and all of its 27 Member States. This means that New Zealand citizens can actually visit any of these countries without a visa as long as their stay is less than 90 days.

But, if New Zealanders want to migrate to one of the Schengen Area countries, they’ll need to apply for the relevant Schengen visa.

What entices New Zealanders to migrate to different European countries?


Moving to Spain

Spain is one of the world’s top holiday destinations in Europe. It features culturally rich cities, miles and miles of sandy beaches and a lower cost of living compared to many other countries.

Moving to Italy

Many New Zealanders will have an ancestral connection with Italy. The country is steeped in art, culture and history. Its people are very welcoming and it’s a relatively affordable place to live.

Moving to Germany

Germany’s economy is one of the strongest in the world and the country has a high-quality education system that’s geared toward both literature and music. Germany is also the ideal location if you’re pursuing a career in IT, research and science or construction.

Moving to France

Moving to France is not that difficult but you will need a French residence permit if you plan to stay there for more than 3 months. You’ll also need a work permit if you plan to get a job there. France is also ideal if you want to run a small business thanks to its micro-enterprise program.

Moving to Netherlands

Moving to the Netherlands is not difficult if you’ve already found a job there or are a highly qualified professional. It’s relatively easy to get a residence permit once you have a job. The Netherlands also encourages investors to relocate with its investor visa.

Moving to Norway

People move to Norway for the crisp winters, lovely green spaces, job opportunities and good healthcare. It’s also quite an interesting phenomenon to experience a summer where it never actually gets dark even through the night.

Moving to Switzerland

It’s quite possible that Switzerland has some of the most majestic scenery anywhere in the world. It’s also ranked as the 7th best country to live in across the entire world. There are plenty of employment opportunities and the country’s education and healthcare systems are top class.

Moving to Sweden

Sweden is well known for its excellent quality of life. It’s a country that encourages entrepreneurship and small business. It also has an exceptional education system which is a drawcard for those wanting to further their studies.


Crown Worldwide has office locations across Europe, along with strong local partnerships and can facilitate a stress-free relocation to most European nations. We are committed to making your international relocation as easy as possible.

To arrange a quotation call our office for an obligation FREE quote on: (NZ) 0508 227 696 or you can use our online quote form.

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