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Why Not Emigrate To New Zealand? Stunning Scenery And A Sublime Way Of Life

Feb 25, 2008
New Zealand is a fascinating country rich in history and culture and filled with some of the most stunning scenery in the world. The sheer diversity in the many micro climates makes every turn sure to amaze. The easy way of life, moderate climate and outstanding natural beauty entices many to emigrate to this spectacular group of islands.

Every single inhabitant is either an immigrant or is descended from migrants; subsequently new migrants are welcomed with open arms. The history of emigration to New Zealand goes back seven hundred years with the original settlers on the islands, the Maori, themselves coming by boat and creating small settlements. Originally these first settlers were known as Polynesians who went on to emigrate to various islands throughout the Pacific.

Many British people then decided to emigrate to New Zealand during the nineteenth century; at the height of the British Empire. Since then a steady stream of Europeans have begun to emigrate to the islands as well as Indians and South Africans. The end of the Second World War saw a huge influx of migrants heading to the archipelago.

People still emigrate to New Zealand today for a number of reasons. The economy is a major enticement for migrants as it is both well developed and can be considered relatively prosperous. The estimated GDP of the country was 106 million NZ dollars while the high standard of living is directly related to the per capita GDP of twenty six thousand dollars.

Despite the influx of those who emigrate to New Zealand on a regular basis the country is still facing a shortage of skilled workers in a variety of fields. These fields are generally in the electronic and medical professions, so if you are skilled in these fields you may wish to emigrate. Because of this shortage of skilled workers the authorities are keen to coax workers to their shores.

The population of New Zealand is currently four million, meaning there is still plenty of room for those wishing to emigrate. The reason why so many feel the need to emigrate from the UK is due to the primary language being English. Meaning the transition and assimilation into the national culture is made that much easier.

In terms of ranking in the Human Development Index it lies in nineteenth position. This is currently behind the UK but the ranking of New Zealand is on the increase. Also as the world's second most peaceful country the reason many emigrate is quite clear.

The landscape of New Zealand is yet another reason many decide to emigrate. With spectacular mountain ranges, picture perfect bays and tranquil forests those who love the outdoors will not be disappointed. Areas of particular natural beauty are the Fiord land National Park, Milford Sound and Bay of Islands.

There is a great love of the outdoors and activity in New Zealand, those who decide to emigrate will love the healthy lifestyle twinned with a competitive antipodean mindset. The love of sports such as rugby and cricket is clear and participation is strongly advised. Skiing and snowboarding as well as football and golf are also extremely popular sports on the islands.

Another benefit of is that there is no class system, individual ability and work ethic are the only factors important in Kiwi culture; the effort you put into society is of prime importance. The drive towards eco-friendly policies is also of major importance to Kiwis; unsurprising considering the natural beauty that surrounds them, naturally they want it to stay that way.

The choice to emigrate requires careful consideration, being far away from loved ones and friends can be difficult and must be balanced with your own needs. That said the people of New Zealand are welcoming and friendly and the surroundings can do more than enough to dispel fears of homesickness. If you feel you can contribute to the society, why not consider emigration?
About the Author
Migration expert Thomas Pretty looks into the reasons why so many people have decided to emigrate to New Zealand. To find out more please visit http://www.makenewzealandhome.com/
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