Thousands of older people fear deportation, due to the Government freeze on Immigration New Zealand’s parent category, NZ Herald reports. A 97-year-old woman is one of those fearing they will be deported to countries ravaged by Coronavirus. Others are in their 70s and 80s, and say they face a life of fear and isolation if they have to return to their homelands. The policy allowed immigrants whose adult children already had residence or citizenship to join them, but it was suspended in 2016. It officially restarted last year under different rules, but was stopped again when the pandemic hit without anyone being able to apply.