Stats show international student visas above 93,000

2:56 pm on 13 June 2017

The number of international students with visas in New Zealand has beaten previous records this autumn, immigration statistics show.


International Arrivals Photo: Supplied

More than 93,000 students held visas in March, the highest total since records began in 2006.

Foreign student numbers have been above 80,000 since 2015.

That compared to a low of 51,000 student visa holders in April 2008.

The Labour Party yesterday unveiled policies to cut immigration by between 20,000 and 30,000 a year, with low-quality education courses one of their specific targets.

International student enrolments rose by 6 percent last year to 131,609.

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