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Overseas arrivals

55,665 people who were living in the Wellington City were born overseas and 35.4% arrived in New Zealand within 5 years prior to 2013.

The Year of Arrival data records when the overseas born population arrived in New Zealand. The data shows the degree to which areas are 'ports' for new overseas migrants and reveals the role of the Wellington City in housing the overseas-born. The number of recent arrivals in an area is often determined by housing affordability, employment opportunities and pre-existing communities located in the area.

The Wellington City's Year of Arrival data, when used with Country of Birth, Religion and Languages Spoken data, is a good indicator of the likely need for services in migrant communities.

Derived from the Census question:

'When did you first arrive to live in New Zealand?'

Overseas born population

Overseas arrivals
Wellington City2013
Year of arrival in New ZealandNumber%Wellington Region %
Prior to 199116,50329.636.6
1991 to 20008,98216.114.8
2001 to 20058,74215.714.7
2006 to March 201319,68935.430.6
Not stated / included1,7493.13.3

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Overseas arrivals, 2013
Overseas arrivals, 2013 Prior to 1991, Wellington Region: 36.6% 1991 to 2000, Wellington Region: 14.8% 2001 to 2005, Wellington Region: 14.7% 2006 to March 2013, Wellington Region: 30.6% Prior to 1991, Wellington City: 29.6% 1991 to 2000, Wellington City: 16.1% 2001 to 2005, Wellington City: 15.7% 2006 to March 2013, Wellington City: 35.4%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of the Wellington City in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who arrived before 1991, and a larger proportion of recent arrivals (those who arrived between 2006 and 2013).

Overall, 29.6% of the overseas born population arrived before 1991, and 35.4% arrived during or after 2006, compared with 36.6% and 30.6% respectively for the Wellington Region.

The major differences between the year of arrival data of the Wellington City and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of arrivals in 2001 (35.4% compared to 30.6%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1991 to 1995 (16.1% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1996 to 2000 (15.7% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals prior to 1991 (29.6% compared to 36.6%)

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