Story: Middle Eastern peoples

Page 5 – Facts and figures

Country of birth

The New Zealand census figures listed here show the number of residents born in countries of the Middle East.

Arabia

  • 1881 census: 1
  • 1921 census: 4

Saudi Arabia

  • 2001 census: 258
  • 2006 census: 627
  • 2013 census: 1,881

Persia

  • 1881 census: 2
  • 1921 census: 8
  • 1951 census: 20

Iran

  • 2001 census: 1,980
  • 2006 census: 2,793
  • 2013 census: 3,084

Syria

  • 1921 census: 338
  • 1951 census: 48
  • 2001 census: 243
  • 2006 census: 354
  • 2013 census: 393

Turkey

  • 1921 census: 21
  • 1951 census: 28
  • 1976 census: 201
  • 2001 census: 396
  • 2006 census: 600
  • 2013 census: 810

Lebanon

  • 1951 census: 204
  • 1976 census: 211
  • 2001 census: 408
  • 2006 census: 411
  • 2013 census: 423

Jordan

  • 1951 census: 2
  • 2001 census: 216
  • 2006 census: 348
  • 2013 census: 462

Bahrain

  • 2001 census: 192
  • 2006 census: 291
  • 2013 census: 255

Iraq

  • 2001 census: 4,848
  • 2006 census: 6,024
  • 2013 census: 5,481

Kuwait

  • 2001 census: 456
  • 2006 census: 606
  • 2013 census: 600

Oman

  • 2001 census: 78
  • 2006 census: 285
  • 2013 census: 294

Palestine

  • 2001 census: 123
  • 2006 census: 108
  • 2013 census: 162

Qatar

  • 2001 census: 48
  • 2006 census: 72
  • 2013 census: 99

United Arab Emirates

  • 2001 census: 411
  • 2006 census: 744
  • 2013 census: 915

Yemen

  • 2001 census: 66
  • 2006 census: 81
  • 2013 census: 84

Ethnic identity

In the 2013 census, people were asked to indicate the ethnic group or groups with which they identified. The numbers include those who indicated more than one group.

  • Arab: 2,916
  • Assyrian: 1,497
  • Iranian/Persian: 3,198
  • Iraqi: 2,583
  • Lebanese: 1,044
How to cite this page:

James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi. 'Middle Eastern peoples - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 22-Sep-14
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/middle-eastern-peoples/page-5