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A snapshot of ethnic communities in NZ

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Population trends and projections, language ability, religious diversity and unemployment in ethnic communities. See more on this snapshot of ethnicity data.

Population trends and projections, language ability, religious diversity and unemployment in ethnic communities. See more on this snapshot of ethnicity data.

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  • 1. Appendix E A snapshot of ethnic communities • People can choose to  Total population (2006) Top six Asian population groups MELAA groups 565,329  identify with more than one  11,910  8310 Chinese Middle Eastern ethnic group 16,938  Indian African 265,974  Latin American • The number of people born  30,792  Korean 6657 overseas now living in New  354,549  Filipino Zealand continues to  Māori 2,842,095  147,570  Japanese 10,647  17,514  Pacific 104,583  Sri Lankan increase, from 17% in 1996  Asian Projected population in 2026 to 23% in 2006 European and other Source: Statistics NZ, (2006 Census)  811,000  Māori Pacific 481,000  Asian European and otherUnemployment is high in many non‐European groups Regional distribution of ethnic  791,000  3,472,000  16% peoples (2006) National unemployment rate  • Overall unemployment in  14% some groups remains high  12% > 20% • Unemployment in the  10% 15‐19% Source: Statistics NZ, (2009‐base, series 6, ethnicity projections)  MELAA category increased  8% 15.1% 15.0% 10‐14% from 11.1% to 15.0% in  13.8% 6% < 10% 2011 6.6% More people are speaking more languages 4% 7.8% • 7.5% more people  Source: Statistics NZ Census 2% 4.3% 3.6% • The Auckland region has  identifying as Asian were  100% 3% 2% 2% 0% the highest proportion of  employed during 2011 95% people able to speak two  % populationMELAA = Middle Eastern, Latin  or more languages (27%) 90% 14% 16% 18% No language • Overseas‐born residents  (too young)American, African Source: Statistics NZ (HLFS September 2011 quarter) 85% Two or more are more likely to speak  two or more languages languages 80% Religious diversity continues to grow • In 2006, 1476 people  84% One language 75% 82% 81%  180,000 could speak six or more   160,000 9507 languages  70% • Non‐Christian religions   140,000 1996 2001 2006 continue to grow Speakers of other languages Number of people 36,072  Source: Statistics NZ (2006 Census)  120,000 Sikh • Almost half the people  5199  140,000  100,000 Islam/Muslim affiliating with Hindu  23,631  52,362  Buddhist  120,000 21,123  and Muslim religions   80,000 Hindu Number of people  100,000 26,967  Afrikaans arrived in New Zealand   60,000 41,634   80,000 Korean less than five years ago   40,000 12,783  64,392  41,391  Northern Chinese  20,000 39,798   60,000 15,873  Hindi  ‐  40,000 26,514  2001 2006  20,000 44,589  22,749  Source: Statistics NZ (2006 Census)  ‐ 2001 2006 Source: Statistics NZ (2006 Census)

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