The number of migrants in New Zealand on work, student and recent residence*(see note below) visas has declined by almost 50,000 since the end of March.
According to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, which tracks migrant numbers, there were 493,782 people in this country on work, student and recent residence* visas at the end of March, just after comprehensive border restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 were put in place.
But by the end of October their numbers had declined by 48,093 (-9.7%) to 445,689.
There were 25,068 fewer people in NZ on work visas at the end of November compared to the end of March, with their numbers dropping from 221,226 to 196,158 over that period (-11.3%).
Overseas student numbers declined by 15,432, from 81,948 at the end of March to 66,516 at the end of November (-18.8%).
There was a much smaller decrease in the number of people on recent residence* visas, with their numbers dropping by 7593 (-4.0%). (Refer table below for the full breakdown).
There were also significant changes within the work and student visa categories.
Between the end of March and the end of November, 7683 people on student visas left the country, 8457 people on student visas transferred to work visas, 2259 had their student visas replaced with residence visas and 31,308 had their student visas renewed.
Over the same period, 30,033 people on work visas left the country, 10,755 people on work visas transferred to residence visas, and 50,196 had their work visas renewed.
*Note: MBIE's numbers only record residence visas for up to five years. After that they are no longer counted in these statistics.
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