Fiji Emigration and Immigration

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Emigration and Immigration

Primarily three groups of people comprise most of the immigrants to Fiji; Europeans, who started coming in 1835; Indians who came in 1879; and other Polynesians. The primary emigration of people from Fiji are to the following four countries: Australia, U.S.A., New Zealand and Canada.

There are many records in the Family History Library collection in reference to Fijian Emigration and Immigration. Look in Fiji in FamilySearch online catalog under the subject "Emigration and Immigration".

Emigration/Immigration records

Research use: Connects individual with place of origin and current residence to identify further records.

Record type: Passenger lists, passport applications, naturalization records, various files kept for minorities entering to work in the country.

General: Civil record of those arriving and departing a country or trying to establish citizenship.

Time period: 1870-present.

Contents: Name, birth date, birth place, profession, names and ages of spouse and children; other details may vary.

Location: Administrative offices and archives.

Percentage in Family History Library: 60% (Fiji filmed or purchased previously).

Population coverage: 30-40% of the population because of imported laborers (for example, Indian emigrants to Fiji; Indonesian and Vietnamese emigrants to New Caledonia).

Reliability: High.[1]

External Links


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Melanesia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-2000.