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Statistics for New Zealand Citizenship

Between 1 January and 21 December 2017, 36,450 people were granted New Zealand citizenship.

The table below lists the top 10 previous countries of birth for people who became New Zealand citizens by grant during 2017

Rank Previous Citizenship Total granted % of total applicants
1 United Kingdom* 5,955 16.3
2 India 4,665 12.1
3 Philippines 3,565 9.8
4 Fiji 3,242 8.9
5 Samoa** 2,954 8.1
6 South Africa 2,894 7.9
7 China*** 1,314 3.6
8 United States of America 735 2.0
9 Tonga 684 1.9
10 = Australia 679 1.8
10 = Sri Lanka 679 1.8


* Includes data for United Kingdom, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain.
** Includes data for Samoa and Western Samoa
*** Includes data for China, Hong Kong, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Macau and Macao.

Combined Citizenship by Grant figures from 1949-2017

Below are links to New Zealand Citizenship statistics from 1949 - 2016

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Top 10 Country by Birth figures (1949 - 2016)