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Wellington City

Overseas arrivals

67,644 people who were living in Wellington City were born overseas and 26.1% 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 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.

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.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Years since arrival in New Zealand data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

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

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Overseas arrivals
Wellington City2018
Year of arrival in New ZealandNumber%Wellington Region %
Prior to 199113,72220.325.8
1991 to 20007,85411.610.8
2001 to 20057,50011.110.7
2006 to 201212,97519.219.3
2013 to March 201817,62826.121.2
Not stated / included7,96511.812.1
Total67,644100.0100.0
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of Wellington City in 2018 compared to 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 2013 and 2018).

Overall, 31.9% of the overseas born population arrived before 1991, and 26.1% arrived during or after 2013, compared with 36.6% and 21.2% respectively for Wellington Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of arrivals in 2002 (26.1% compared to 21.2%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1991 to 1995 (11.6% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals prior to 1991 (20.3% compared to 25.8%)

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