The number of people in New Zealand on work or student visas continues to slowly drift downwards.
According to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), there were 180,963 people in NZ on work visas at the end of July this year.
That's down by 39,744 (-18%) since the peak of 220,707 in March 2020.
The number of people on work visas has declined in every month but two since severe border restrictions were introduced in March last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The only months to have recorded increases since then were February and March this year, although the total increase over both months was just 810.
From April onwards the numbers began to steadily decline again by around 3000 a month.
The last time the number of people in the country on work visas was as low as it was at the end of July was at the beginning of 2019.
The number of overseas students in NZ has followed a similar trajectory.
The population of student visa holders has dropped from its peak of 86,100 in October 2019 to 50,598 at the end of July this year, a decline of 35,502 (-41%).
The graph below shows the monthly trend for both sets of numbers since the beginning of 2019.
MBIE's migration figures are provisional and subject to revision.
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