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

Persia

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

Iran

  • 2001 census: 1,980
  • 2006 census: 2,793

Syria

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

Turkey

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

Lebanon

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

Jordan

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

Bahrain

  • 2001 census: 192
  • 2006 census: 291

Iraq

  • 2001 census: 4,848
  • 2006 census: 6,024

Kuwait

  • 2001 census: 456
  • 2006 census: 606

Oman

  • 2001 census: 78
  • 2006 census: 285

Palestine

  • 2001 census: 123
  • 2006 census: 108

Qatar

  • 2001 census: 48
  • 2006 census: 72

United Arab Emirates

  • 2001 census: 411
  • 2006 census: 744

Yemen

  • 2001 census: 66
  • 2006 census: 81

Ethnic identity

In the 2006 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: 2,607
  • Assyrian: 1,683
  • Iranian/Persian: 2,895
  • Iraqi: 3,222
  • Lebanese: 999
How to cite this page:

James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi. 'Middle Eastern peoples - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/middle-eastern-peoples/page-5