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136,161 people who were living in the Wellington Region were born overseas and 21.2% arrived in New Zealand within 5 years prior to 2018.
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 Region 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.
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'When did you first arrive to live in New Zealand?'
|Year of arrival in New Zealand||Number||%||North Island %|
|Prior to 1991||35,136||25.8||19.6|
|1991 to 2000||14,697||10.8||12.6|
|2001 to 2005||14,619||10.7||12.5|
|2006 to 2012||26,292||19.3||18.4|
|2013 to March 2018||28,920||21.2||20.5|
|Not stated / included||16,497||12.1||16.5|
Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of the Wellington Region in 2018 compared to North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of people who arrived before 1991, and a similar proportion of recent arrivals (those who arrived between 2013 and 2018).
Overall, 36.6% of the overseas born population arrived before 1991, and 21.2% arrived during or after 2013, compared with 32.2% and 20.5% respectively for North Island.
The major differences between the year of arrival data of the Wellington Region and North Island were:
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