The number of people in this country on student and work visas continues to slowly but steadily decline, although the decline is a lot slower than might have been expected since border restrictions were introduced last year.
According to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the number of people in this country on student visas at the end of January was down 15.4% compared to a year earlier, while those on work visas were down by 11.9% over the same period.
Student visa numbers have been declining at the rate of about 2000 a month since the middle of last year, and at the end of January there were 60,246 people in the country on student visas, down by 10,935 (-15.4%) compared to January last year, when there were around 71,181 overseas students in the country.
However the decline is likely to be more noticeable when February's student visa numbers are released next month, because the biggest increase in overseas student numbers usually occurs in February each year, but that seems unlikely this year.
There were also fewer foreign workers in the country, with their numbers declining from 212,745 at the end of January last year to 187,347 at the end of January this year, a decline of 25,398 (-11.9%) over 12 months.
That meant that altogether there were 247,593 people in this country on either work or student visas at the end of January, an overall reduction of 36,333 (-12.8%) compared to the 283,926 that were in the country at the end of January last year.
The graphs below show the number of people in this country at the end of each month for the last two years.