There were 3228 fewer people in New Zealand on work or student visas at the end of September than there were at the end of August.
The latest figures from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment show that there were 177,873 people on work visas in this country at the end of September, down from 180,492 at the end of August (-2619).
The number of overseas students in this country declined from 49,281 at the end of August to 48,672 at the end of September (-609).
The number of overseas workers and students in this country has been in a slow but almost continuous decline since the country went into its first pandemic lockdown in March last year.
Since the end of March last year the number of people on work visas has declined by 42,843 while the number of people on student visas has declined by 33,360.
That means there are now 76,203 fewer people in this country on work or student visas than there were when the country first went into lockdown in March last year.
The graph below shows the monthly trend.
At the end of September the Government announced that up to 165,000 people who were already in this country on work visas would be able to apply for residency, which will eventually see a substantial drop in the number of people on work visas unless border restrictions are relaxed and overseas workers start coming to this country in large numbers once again.
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