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  • Statistics for New Zealand Citizenship

    More than 675,000 people have become citizens since New Zealand citizenship was introduced in 1949.

    In 2013, 27,895 people were granted New Zealand citizenship.

    The table below lists the top 10 previous citizenships of people who became New Zealand citizens by grant during 2013.

    Previous Citizenship Total granted
    United Kingdom 4,835
    South Africa 3,268
    Samoa 2,934
    Philippines 2,875
    India 2,211
    Fiji 2,093
    China 1,258
    Zimbabwe 626
    Tonga 522
    United States of America 508

    Below are links to New Zealand Citizenship statistics from 1949 - 2013

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    Top 10 Country figures (1949 - 2013)

    Combined Citizenship by Grant figures from 1949-2013