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Statistics for New Zealand Citizenship

Between 1 January and 21 December 2016, 31,881 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 2016 (as at 21 December 2016)

   
Rank Previous Citizenship Total granted % of total applicants
1 United Kingdom 4,906 15.4
2 South Africa 3,633 11.4
3 India 3,333 10.5
4 Samoa 3,020 9.5
5 Philippines 3,016 9.5
6 Fiji 2,696 8.5
7 China 1,217 3.8
8 Tonga 764 2.4
9 United States of America 577 1.8
10 Sri Lanka 519 1.6

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

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Top 10 Country by Birth figures (1949 - 2016)

Combined Citizenship by Grant figures from 1949-2015