Sikhs Fastest-Growing Minority In NZ: Census || SNE
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Sep 26, 2019
Sikhs are the fastest-growing religious minority in New Zealand, their number having doubled in the past five years, as per New Zealand’s 34th Census of Population and Dwellings report. The Sikh population in the country was 19,191 in 2013. It swelled to 40,908 in 2018.
Experts say the past decade saw large-scale migration from Punjab to New Zealand. Dr Rajesh Aggarwal, Associate Professor, Population Research, CRRID, Chandigarh, says because of the restrictions imposed by European and Northern American countries, many youngsters opted to study in New Zealand.
Indians have emerged as the fourth largest community with a 2.44 lakh population. New Zealand European (30.25 lakh), Maori (7.77 lakh) and Chinese languages top the chart. The census covers the entire population. Official counting in the country goes back to 1842. NZ’s first official national population census was carried out in 1851.
‘Exodus’ in eighties
Sikhs started settling in New Zealand in late 19th century
But, large-scale Sikh migration began only in eighties when changes were made in the immigration policy
The first gurdwara in the country was opened in 1977
Most Sikhs are settled in Waikato, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Hindi is spoken by 69,471 (1.5%) and Chinese, including Mandarin, by 95,253 (2%)Vishav Bharti