The number of people in New Zealand on student or work visas continued to decline in March, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
They show that there were 54,615 people in this country on student visas at the end of March, down by 3744 (-6.4%) since the end of February, and down by 27,384 (-33.4%) since the end of March last year.
The number of overseas students in this country has now declined for 13 consecutive months and is now at its lowest level for the time of year since MBIE's visa population series began in 2009, but only just.
The number of overseas students in this country has more or less gone back to where it was eight years ago, when there were 56,481 overseas students in the country at the end of March 2013, just slightly above 54,615 at the end of March this year (see the first graph below for the trend).
The number of people in the country on work visas has also declined, but at a slower pace.
According to MBIE, there were 190,200 people in NZ on work visas at the end of March, down by just 855 (-0.4%) compared to the end of February, and down by 31,086 (-14%) compared to March last year.
Although that is a significant decline, it means there are still more people in this country on work visas than there were just three years ago.
In March 2018 there were 182,859 people in this country on work visas, which was 7341 less (-3.9%) less than there were at the end of March this year (the second graph below shows the trend).