Story: Ethnic and religious intolerance

Ethnic composition, 1991–2013

In the 22 years covered by this graph, there was a striking increase in New Zealand's ethnic diversity. The proportion of people who described themselves as of Asian ethnicity increased from 3% in 1991 to nearly 12% in 2013. Pacific people rose to 7.4% in this period, while people who identified as Middle Eastern, Latin American or African were 1.2% of the population by 2013. Social theorists and policy makers concentrated their efforts on improving the experience of the different ethnic groups, rather than emphasising a class analysis of society.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand, 2013 Census

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Paul Spoonley, 'Ethnic and religious intolerance - Anti-Asian politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Paul Spoonley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jun 2018