Global interest in living in New Zealand rises after Christchurch terror attacks

Interest in living in New Zealand from around the globe has increased following the Christchurch terror attacks, including from predominantly Muslim countries.

Figures from Immigration New Zealand show an increase in registrations of interest in moving to New Zealand from foreigners.

In the 10 days from March 15, the day of the Christchurch terror attacks, to March 24, there were 6457 registrations of interest. That is compared to 4844 in the preceding 10 days.

The United States contributed the largest numerical increase, with 1165 registrations in the period - up from 674.

But predominantly Muslim countries also saw an increase, with an increase of 512 percent from people in Pakistan from 65 to 333 registrations.

Malaysia also saw an increase from 67 to 165.

"It is important to note that these are purely registrations of interest in coming to New Zealand and not visa applications," Immigration New Zealand national manager marketing Greg Forsythe told Newshub.

The attacks received international attention, with much applause being directed towards Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's handling of the event and quick proposed changes to gun laws.

A petition campaigning for Ardern to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize was launched.

"Her strong leadership after the shootings in Christchurch, the first attack of its kind in New Zealand's modern history, could teach a thing or two to other world leaders who at times have come short when tragedy strikes," the petition said.


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