Projections released by Statistics NZ have shown that population of New Zealand will increase by 0.8 million to 1.9 million in the 25 years commencing from 2013, which could vary between 18 percent and 43 percent owing to increasing immigrant numbers from Asian countries, with Auckland to be housing most of them.
The wide-ranging Asian ethnic communities’ population will grow the highest over this period, as their number is estimated to increase from 540,000 in 2013 to between 1.2 and1.4 million in 2038. The Pacific ethnic communities will also witness a significant rise in their population to between 530,000 and 650,000 in 2038, up from 340,000 in 2013.
The population of M?oris — the indigenous people of New Zealand — is expected to exceed one million by 2038, as their rise would be witnessed in all regions.
Total Kiwi population is estimated to rise from 4.4 million in 2013 to between 5.2 and 6.3 million in 2038. The population of Auckland region alone is estimated to overtake two million in the early 2030s, an increase from 1.5 million in 2013.
Macro Business quotes the report as stating that populations of the Asian, M?ori and Pacific groups are increasing faster owing to their younger age structures abetted by higher migration or birth rates.
The total ethnic group share of Asians is estimated to be higher than the ethnic share of M?oris by 2023 and is expected to account for 22 percent of the country’s total population by 2038. The ethnic share of M?oris is estimated to increase to 18 percent by 2038.
Although the ethnic group population of ‘European or Other’ is to increase from 3.3 million in 2013 to between 3.6 and four million in 2038, the proportion of this group is estimated to decline from 75 percent of this Oceania country in 2013 to 66 percent in 2038.
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