Migrant happiness survey

Image of Migrants to NZ were asked to rank their levels of happiness results.

A market research company, Cultural Connections, carried out a survey to measure the shift in migrants’ level of happiness. The survey sampled 600 migrants by asking them to respond to "How happy were you when you first arrived in New Zealand?" and "How happy are you now?” on a 10 point scale.

Migrants from the Philippines rated their happiness levels at 8 out of a possible 10, up from 6.8 when they first arrived. They are followed by South Koreans which went up from 6.7 to 7.9, and the British from 7.1 to 7.9. The South Africans had the biggest upward shift where their levels of happiness rose from 5.8 to 7.8.

The survey also found that new migrants are likely to face challenges in employment, cost of living, and language/communication when they first arrived in the country. These challenges are likely to shift over time to areas such as cost of living; housing and accommodation; racism and discrimination after they have settled in New Zealand.

Image of results of survey - by country of origin

Source: NZ Herald