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Survey: Kiwi expats returning home

13:00 AEST Wed Aug 8 2012
By MSN NZ staff
Thousands of Kiwi expats are ditching economic doom and gloom in Europe and returning to NZ (ThinkStock)
Thousands of Kiwi expats are ditching economic doom and gloom in Europe and returning to NZ (ThinkStock)
Thousands of Kiwi expats are ditching economic doom and gloom in Europe for better job opportunities back home, according to a new survey released today.

The survey, conducted by online jobs website TrackMeBack, has found that New Zealanders living in the EU are heading back to the homeland in their droves.

UK Home Office figures show that the number of New Zealand citizens entering Britain for employment has dropped by 40 per cent over the past three years.

Caroline Rafferty, general manager of Track Me Back, says that Kiwis who travelled to Europe on overseas jaunts are keen to return to New Zealand to settle down after gaining valuable experience abroad.

“Many of our expats left home 10 years ago with a backpack thinking they’d be gone for six months,” she explains.

“Now they’re returning with a spouse and a family, and they’re looking to settle at home for the long-term.

“When you combine a stalling European economy with tighter UK visa restrictions for Kiwi migrants the case for returning home is pretty compelling for a lot expats.”