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Spanish New Zealanders

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Spanish New Zealanders refers to New Zealand citizens and residents of Spanish descent, or people who were born in Spain and emigrated to New Zealand. There are approximately 2,043 New Zealanders who are full or partial Spanish descent, most of whom reside within the major cities of Auckland and Wellington.

Immigration to New Zealand from Spain was minimal during the 1850s and 1860s resulting from the social disruption of the Carlist civil wars. Larger numbers of Spanish immigrants entered the country in the first quarter of the twentieth century due to the same circumstances of rural poverty and urban congestion that led other Europeans to emigrate in that period, as well as unpopular wars. Many immigrants either moved back to Spain or to another country.

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Spanish New Zealanders Wikipedia


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