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New Zealand Immigration

New Zealand Immigration

The entry points system led to diverse and increased immigration in New Zealand.


During the period from 1971 and 1991 the population of residents who were foreign-born had gone up by over a hundred thousand. In the decade that followed 1991 this number increased by almost two hundred thousand, making up a total of approximately seven hundred thousand people who live in but were not born in New Zealand.


Since 1936, the proportion of immigrants in the country’s total population was one of the world’s highest by 2001.


In the next 5 years, the population of residents who were foreign-born increased to over eight hundred thousand, over twenty percent of the population.

All throughout the 1990s, the number of Scots and English decreased, and by the year 2006 those who were born in the UK were less than a quarter of the total population of immigrants who were foreign-born. And yet, there were still a few new arrivals of European ethnic ancestry.

A handful came who were Australian-born – some of which were families of repatriating New Zealanders; others were drawn by work opportunities in an economy which was trans-Tasman.


By the year 2006, over forty thousand South Africans came, mostly of white, many unhappy with the changes in their homeland.

Middle Eastern and North African political crises brought in people from Iraq, Iran, and Somalia, to include their unique cultures to New Zealand’s towns and cities. Several arrived as refugees.

Most noteworthy were 131 Afghans aboard the Tampa in 2001 that were refused by the Australian government to land on Australian soil.


There were more than 16,000 immigrants in New Zealand from the Middle East and North Africa in 2006.


During this time, Pacific Islanders did not come in great numbers. The new requirements based on capital, skills, and education placed them at a disadvantage, and the pressures of population lessened.

The only considerable increase came from among those born in Fiji, where there was substantial political pressure in the Indian community. By the beginning of the next century, communities from the Pacific Island were a vital and large portion of the cities of New Zealand, particularly in sports teams such as netball and rugby. But the majority of members were still New Zealand-born.

The most noteworthy arrival during this time was from Asia – but not from the usual regions of Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, or Myanmar which had before been important sources.

Immigration New Zealand

Hong Kong and China, by 2006, had added over eighty five thousand to New Zealand’s resident population. Some arrived to study or to relocate their skills to an uncongested, cleaner environment.

One more major region of origin, with almost forty thousand residents, was from North-East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea. Almost all but a few started coming in as early as the 1990s and beyond. Many arrived to the city of Auckland to make financial investments and transfer their families to a healthy environment.

From 1991 and 2006, the population of Filipinos more than tripled in size, a high percentage of which being women espousing Kiwi men.



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