The number of people in New Zealand on work or student visas is continuing to decline as border restrictions remain in place, but the rate of decline is relatively slow.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, there were 49,191 people in NZ on student visas at the end of August.
That was down 1407 since the end of July, and down 32,787 (-40%) since the end of February last year.
The August numbers were the lowest they have been in any month of the year since January 2014, which was the last time they dipped below 50,000.
The peak for overseas students was in October 2019 when they hit 86,064.
Overseas worker numbers are also in slow but steady decline, with 180,069 people on work visas at the end of August.
That was down by 894 compared to the end of July, and down 41,187 (-18.6%) compared to the end of February 2020.
The number of people in the country on work visas is at its lowest level since December 2018.
The latest figures also show very few people are currently entering NZ on work or student visas due to border restrictions, while most of those who were already here when the restrictions were put in place, are staying put.
That is leading to a slow decline in numbers rather than a dramatic decrease.
In August just 471 people entered NZ on work visas and 165 on student visas.
That compares with 20,142 people who entered on work visas in August 2019 and another 5697 who entered on student visas in the same month.
Altogether there were 229,260 people in NZ on work or student visas at the end of August, down by 73,974 (-24%) compared to February last year before comprehensive border restrictions were introduced.
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