Citizenship - Granted citizenship by country 1949–2018

Department of Internal Affairs

Data calculation/treatment

The country or territory indicates the country of birth of the applicant. Some countries no longer exist or have been renamed.
Figure.NZ calculated totals for the following countries to improve the data quality and useability of the output:
United Kingdom: United Kingdom + England + Wales + Scotland + Northern Ireland + Channel Islands + Island of Jersey + Jersey + Guernsey + Great Britain
Samoa: Samoa + Western Samoa
China (including Hong Kong and Macau): China + Tibet + Inner Mongolia + Hong Kong + Macau + Macao
Vietnam: Vietnam + North Vietnam + South Vietnam
Ireland: Ireland + Republic of Ireland
South Korea: Korea + Republic of Korea + South Korea
United States of America: United States of America + U.S.A.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka + Ceylon
Germany: Germany + West Germany + Federal Republic of Germany + East Germany + Democratic Republic of Germany

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Limitations of the data

The country of birth is as indicated by the applicant. If a country has changed name (for example, Burma vs Myanmar) it is reported separately for each name change.
Figure.NZ has partially resolved this issue by manually calculating totals for select countries.


This data excludes new citizenships by descent granted to those born overseas to a New Zealand citizen. In 2018, there were 13,691.

Data provided by

Department of Internal Affairs

Dataset name

Citizenship Statistics (edited) 2018


How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Granted New Zealand Citizenship by country of birth from 1949-2018 (xls 244kb)' file.
This dataset was edited by Figure.NZ.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Citizenship Statistics (edited) 2018

From the dataset Citizenship Statistics (edited) 2018, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: AW_Grants_by_CoB_Crosstab
  • Range: C2:BT340
  • Provided: 20,790 data points

Dataset originally released on:

February 28, 2019