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Our Fijian Overstayers In NZ Going Down Not Up Figures Show

Our Fijian Overstayers In NZ Going Down Not Up Figures Show
Statistics show that the number of Fijian ‘overstayers’ in New Zealand has gradually declined since an all-time high in 2011.
October 12
11:00 2017

Statistics show that the number of Fijian ‘overstayers’ in New Zealand has gradually declined since an all-time high in 2011 that saw an estimated 1055 Fijians illegally living in the country.

Last December, 444 Fijians remained in New Zealand after their visa had expired, a decrease from 473 in January in the same year.

That made up just four per cent of all overstayers living in New Zealand in 2016.

Samoa and Tonga lead the statistical report with 1,853 and 2,432 of their citizens living illegally in New Zealand respectively.

However, a new report by Massey University for INZ said the numbers from those two countries had dropped by nearly half since 2000.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) General Manager Peter Devoy said in an email that the decline was symptomatic of the strict security measures enforced by New Zealand border security.

“The huge drop in the estimated number of overstayers since 2000 can be attributed to a focus on improved security at the border and decisive action to deal with overstayers,” Mr Devoy said.

“INZ records all arrivals and departures from New Zealand and we automatically know when someone has not departed before their visa has expired.”

INZ, in 2016/17, expelled 747 overstayers from the country, negotiating the voluntary departure of a further 1437.

Any person deported from New Zealand faces a ban of up to five years from applying for a visa.

He said that immigration officials consistently maintained contact with individuals that failed to depart the country on time.

He added: “Better risk profiling during the visa application process – combined with an increased focus on encouraging overstayers to settle their affairs, pay their own costs for departure and leave New Zealand voluntarily – have all contributed to the significant decrease in numbers.”

A media report in Fiji grossly exaggerated figures on the statistical report compiled by INZ, claiming that 17,000 Fijian citizens had breached their departure conditions since 2000.

To this, Mr Devoy said: “It’s important to note that when the estimate is updated some of those listed as overstayers may have been the same individuals as counted previously, while other individuals will be on the lists for the first time.”

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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