Back to top anchor
Working paper

New Zealand's Diaspora and Overseas-born Population (WP 04/13)

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 1 September 2004
Status: 
Current
View point: 
Document Date: 
Publication category: 
JEL classification: 
F22 - International Migration
J19 - Demographic Economics: Other

Formats and related files

Based mainly on place-of-birth data from national censuses, this paper provides estimates of the size and structure of New Zealand’s diaspora and overseas-born population, as well as comparisons with selected OECD countries such as Australia.

Abstract

Many New Zealand-born people migrate overseas, creating a diaspora, and many overseas-born people migrate to New Zealand. Both the diaspora and the overseas-born population in New Zealand may facilitate the international exchange of goods and ideas. Much discussion of international linkages has, however, been limited by a lack of data on numbers of people involved. Based mainly on place-of-birth data from national censuses, this paper provides estimates of the size and structure of New Zealand’s diaspora and overseas-born population, as well as comparisons with selected OECD countries such as Australia. A tentative conclusion is that the potential contribution of New Zealand’s diaspora may have been overestimated, and the contribution of the overseas-born population underestimated.

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Statistics New Zealand for providing us with their unpublished study of the size of the New Zealand diaspora.  Thank you also to Richard Bedford, Jim Rose, Bob Buckle, participants at a Treasury seminar and to Andrew Binning and Philip Liu for their excellent research assistance.

Disclaimer

The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Working Paper are strictly those of the authors.  They do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury.  The Treasury takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in these working papers.  The paper is presented not as policy, but to inform and stimulate wider debate.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 23 October 2007