Nearly all recent migrants are satisfied with life New Zealand, but the majority do not make Kiwi friends, a survey shows.
The Immigration Settlement Monitoring Programme Migrants Survey 2011, released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), shows 55% of foreigners had none or one New Zealand mate.
The survey also found 22% of migrants did not even socialise with any New Zealanders, compared to 41% who did.
Those less likely to hang out with Kiwis were Migrants chuffed with NZ lifefrom north Asia and Southeast Asia, while the British, Irish and North America were most likely.
The survey showed the top reason for migrants moving to New Zealand was to be with family, a partner or friends, followed by the relaxed pace of life and the environment.
The country's clean, green environment was the aspect that was most likely to exceed migrants' expectations.
Being made welcome and safety from crime also rated highly. But the country did not impress with its quality of housing, salaries and cost of living.
Despite this, around 70% of recent migrants wanted to stay permanently in New Zealand and 89% would recommend New Zealand to friends and family.
Labour and Immigration Research head Vasantha Krishnan said the research showed labour market participation for recent migrants was generally positive as 70% were in paid employment.
"This is an encouraging sign that migrants are integrating well into the labour force," she said.
The purpose of monitoring programme is to improve the ministry's understanding of migrants' settlement and the labour market.
Survey results are also used by Immigration New Zealand to develop and present information used to attract potential migrants.
The majority of people surveyed came from north Asia, followed by Britain and Ireland, and the rest of Europe.
Just over 30% of migrants were between the ages of 25 and 29, while 24% were between the ages of 25 and 29.