New Zealand Migrants


The Newcomers – How Many and From Where?

  • New Zealand’s population reached an estimated 4,613,000 in September 2015.
  • The population reached four million for the first time in 2003, assisted by growth in immigration.
  • New Zealand has a low population density – there are just 16 people per square kilometre.
    The United States has 30; United Kingdom, 252; India, 380; Netherlands, 490; and Singapore, 6669 people per square kilometre.
  • New Zealand usually gains more people from long-term arrivals than it loses from long-term departures.

New Zealand’s Migration Gains (Losses) to July of each year

Year: Effect of Migration on New Zealand’s Population
2015 +59,600
2014 +41,000
2013 +10,600
2012 -3,800
2011 +2,900
2010 +15,200
2009 +14,500
2008 +5,200
2007 +9,000
2006 +12,100
2005 +6,900
2004 +20,600
2003 +42,100
2002 +34,600
2001 -6,800
2000 -10,000
1999 -10,000
1998 -7,000
1997 +10,000
1996 +25,000
1995 +25,000
1994 +19,000
1993 +11,000

The top five source countries for immigrant arrivals in New Zealand from 2015 back to 2001 were:

Top Five Source Countries for Migrants 2001 – 2015

Country Long Term Gain 2015
India 12,600
China 8,200
Philippines 4,500
United Kingdom 4,000
Germany 2,800
Country Long Term Gain 2014
India 7,700
China 6,600
United Kingdom 5,500
Philippines 3,100
Germany 2,300
Country Long Term Gain 2013
United Kingdom 6,400
China 5,400
India 5,200
Philippines 2,100
Germany 1,900
Country Long Term Gain 2012
United Kingdom 5,500
China 5,100
India 5,100
Philippines 2,000
Germany 1,600
Country Long Term Gain 2011
India 5,800
United Kingdom 5,400
China 4,500
Philippines 1,800
Germany 1,400
Country Long Term Gain 2010
United Kingdom 6,800
India 5,600
China 3,500
Philippines 1,500
Germany 1,400
Country Long Term Gain 2009
United Kingdom 9,300
India 6,000
China 3,600
Philippines 3,200
Fiji 2,900
Country Long Term Gain 2008
United Kingdom 7,600
India 4,700
Philippines 3,600
Fiji 2,700
South Africa 2,500
Country Long Term Gain 2007
United Kingdom 7,105
India 3,576
Philippines 3,226
Fiji 2,510
China 1,816
Country Long Term Gain 2006
United Kingdom 10,935
Philippines 2,399
Fiji 2,257
India 2,125
China 1,828
Country Long Term Gain 2005
United Kingdom 9,583
Fiji 2,399
India 1,947
Japan 1,645
Germany 1,427
Country Long Term Gain 2004
United Kingdom 9,019
China 2,824
India 2,449
Japan 1,966
Fiji 1,719
Country Long Term Gain 2003
China 11,265
United Kingdom 10,114
India 4,855
Japan 2,189
Fiji 1,897
Country Long Term Gain 2002
China 14,745
India 6,581
United Kingdom 5,913
South Africa 2,781
Japan 2,269
Country Long Term Gain 2001
China 5,565
India 5,474
United Kingdom 5,383
South Africa 4,057
Fiji 3,021

Changes to English language requirements and restrictions on workers from “non-equivalent” labour markets are responsible for the decrease in arrivals from China and India in 2004.

The most recent censuses were in 2001 and 2006 and 2013.

According to the 2006 census the top ten nationalities in New Zealand’s immigrant population were:

Top Nine Migrant Nationalities in 2006

Country of Birth Number of Migrants
England 202,401
China 78,117
Australia 62,742
Samoa 50,649
India 43,344
South Africa 41,676
Fiji 37,746
Scotland 29,016
South Korea 28,806
Netherlands 22,101

At the time of the 2001 census, the top nine nationalities in New Zealand’s immigrant population were:

Top Nine Migrant Nationalities 2001

Country of Birth Number of Migrants
England 178,000
Australia 56,000
Samoa 47,000
China 39,000
Scotland 29,000
South Africa 26,000
Fiji 26,000
Netherlands 22,000
India 21,000

Data Source: Statistics New Zealand

Comments

  1. Eve Hemming says:

    Greetings.

    I am currently writing a book in which I will have interviews with migrants, and also provide strategies regarding adaptation. I am a published freelance writer and a psychologist. I would be grateful if you have more up to date stats than those reflected here from 2006 regarding the numbers of migrants from the top 9 migrants nationalities in NZ.

    Kind regards

    Eve Hemming

  2. Hi Eve,

    The figures you refer to came from the 2006 census. The next census is due in March 2013 and details will be published the following year.

  3. Ian Lee says:

    Hi,

    I’m looking for immigration data of top 20 countries over time 2000-12 (a wider data-set but like you have above), and also the population of NZ by country of original birth.

    Can you please help me find the complete data-set?

    Thanks for your help,

    Ian