The Big OE

New Zealanders’ Overseas Experience in Britain
  • Peter Mason
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 65)


A headline in a major British daily newspaper in 1998 indicated that New Zealand was a nation in crisis because as many as 28,000 young people were leaving the country each year. It was claimed that most were in their mid-twenties, well educated, ambitious and had no intention of returning. This story also circulated in New Zealand appearing as the front page story in a local evening paper in the provincial town of Palmerston North (Evening Standard, 1998). In reality, this type of outward population mobility is not that unusual. New Zealand is a relatively new country that has experienced major demographic fluctuations due to large-scale migration flows. In the past one hundred and fifty years, migration has contributed greatly to population growth. However, in the past twenty years, the continuing growth of population in New Zealand, (still partly maintained through immigration), has also been accompanied by an exodus. Therefore, what the newspaper article highlighted was a significant change in the scale of a long-standing form of population mobility.


Risk Taking Permanent Migration Family Link Zealand Society Acquis Communautaire 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mason
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  1. 1.Tourism and Leisure, Luton Business SchoolUniversity of LutonLuton, BedfordshireEngland

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