Experts predict that emigration amongst white South Africans seeking better lifestyle and living conditions in other countries will surge in the coming years.
A recent report by Pew Research estimates that about 900,000 people born in South Africa lived in foreign countries in 2017. At the current rate it will increase by 2021 to more than 1 million, reports Business Tech. Most of these emigrants will be wealthy, educated white professionals, according to the poll.
Of the nearly 1 million South Africans who have moved out of the country, about 210 000 live in the United Kingdom, the most popular destination for emigrants. Australia is in 190,000, followed by America (100,000) and New Zealand (60,000).
Almost 2,000 South Africans, mostly white people, currently move on a monthly basis.
Although South Africa will welcome a record number of immigrants of more than 1 million between 2016 and 2021, Pew Research reports that about 115 000 white South Africans will emigrate in the same period, most in any five-year period this century but not a drastic increase compared with the 110 000 that were landed between 2011 and 2016. Almost 2,000 South Africans, mainly white people, currently move monthly to United Kingdom, Australia and America.
Statistics South Africa predicts that 430 000 white people will leave the country in the two decades to 2021, when the next census is expected to be abandoned. This amounts to 21 000 a year; they predict that the white population will increase slightly between 2017 and 2018, from 4.49 million to 4.52 million.
Business Tech reports white South Africans do not necessarily emigrate to Australia, America and the United Kingdom, because new popular destinations include unexpected countries like Greece, Portugal and Chile. Canada is also a popular destination; 50 000 South Africans have already made this country their new home.
Original article was found on Maroela Media, written in Afrikaans
This report does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SAFFA