The number of people in New Zealand on work and student visas is continuing to decline, but only slowly.
According to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, which tracks visa numbers, there were 240,465 people in NZ on work or student visas at the end of April.
That was down by 63,417 (-20.9%) from the peak of 303,882 in February last year.
The figures, which go back to 2008, show that overseas student numbers peaked at 86,064 in October 2019. They have declined steadily since then to 52,899 at the end of April this year.
That's a reduction of 33,165 (-38.5%) since the 2019 peak and the numbers are continuing to decline.
Since the beginning of this year the number of overseas students has been declining at the rate of about 2000 a month.
That means the number of overseas students is now at its lowest level since December 2014.
The number of overseas workers is also in a slow but steady decline.
The number of people on work visas peaked at 221,256 in March last year, but has since declined to 187,566 at the end of April this year. That's a reduction of 33,690 (-15.2%).
However most of the reduction in the number of people on work visas occurred last year and their numbers have been reasonably stable since the beginning of this year.
In April, 501 people came into NZ on work visas, while 1698 people on work visas left the country, giving a net loss of 1197.
However another 6012 had their work visas renewed, suggesting that while relatively few overseas workers are entering the country at the moment, most of those who are already here are staying.
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