Story: Immigration regulation

Foreign-born residents by country of birth, 1986–2013

By the 1990s the ‘White New Zealand’ policy was long gone. Skills, assets, education and other attributes determined who would be allowed to enter New Zealand. A new immigration act in 1987 meant that entry requirements were based on skills. This resulted in a greater ethnic diversity of migrants. The growth in the Asian population is particularly evident.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand census, 1986–2013

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How to cite this page:

Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - 1986–2003: selection on personal merit', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/1383/foreign-born-residents-by-country-of-birth-1986-2013 (accessed 9 April 2020)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 18 Aug 2015