The Herald reports:
Overstayers are turning themselves in after finding life here to be “unbearable”, says an immigration adviser.
The number of overstayers has been steadily declining since 2004, the Department of Labour says.
It estimates there are 15,760 overstayers in the country, down from 15,880 last October.
This is good. Overstayers undermine those migrants who move here legally. Overstayers should not be able to gain employment or welfare, and should be deported as they are located.
New Zealand takes in tens of thousands of migrants legally, plus 1,000 or so refugees a year. We should support those who follow the correct process, and get rid of those who do not.