Kōrero: History of immigration

Foreign-born people in New Zealand, 1986–2013

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In 1987 a new immigration act changed the entry requirements for New Zealand. From that date they were based firmly on skills, not ethnicity. The introduction of a points system in 1991 strengthened the skills criterion. Subsequently there was a dramatic increase in the numbers of immigrants from non-British countries. This graph shows the numbers of foreign-born at successive censuses and excludes those born in Britain or Ireland. The rise in the number of Asian-born people is especially clear.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand census, 1986–2013

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - Multi-cultural New Zealand: 1991 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/graph/2161/foreign-born-people-in-new-zealand-1986-2013 (accessed 30 March 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015