Trans-Tasman migration: New Zealanders' explanations for their move

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Green, A. E., Power, M. R., & Jang, D. M. (2008). Trans-Tasman migration: New Zealanders' explanations for their move. New Zealand geographer, 64(1), 34-45.

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© Copyright Alison E. Green, Mary R. Power and Deannah M. Jang, 2008. Journal compilation © Copyright The New Zealand Geographical Society Inc. , 2008.


This study investigates why New Zealanders move to Australia. A survey of New Zealanders living in Australia found 'pull' factors, notably greater opportunities and better climate, were the most common reasons. While desire for change or sense of adventure was important, dissatisfaction with life in New Zealand was also a factor. Results indicated a form of transnationalism as migrants felt at home in both countries. They maintained links with New Zealand evident in support for New Zealand sporting teams, expressions of New Zealand nationality, emotional connection and regular contact with New Zealand.

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