How Many South Africans Are Living In Australia And The UK Right Now?

Australia wooden sign with winery background

Whether it’s the political instability, weakening rand or the need for a change of scenery, it seems South Africans are hot-footing it abroad in their droves.

A group of emigration experts have rounded up their data to paint a comprehensive picture of where SA nationals are heading, and how many have sought pastures new:

How many citizens have left South Africa permanently?

Thanks to research by StatsSA’s Community Survey, it’s been calculated that 102,793 people upped sticks and left SA between 2006-2016. This figure is expected to sharply rise in the next couple of years.

Where are they going?

Australia is the most popular destination, with 26% of emigres choosing the wonder down under as their place to settle. The UK is a close second favourite, however, with 25% of SA immigrants vying for a British experience. 13% of expats opted for the USA.

How many South Africans now live in Australia?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 report, 178,700 South Africans were living in Australia as of June 2015 – up more than 33,000 (from 145,683) people from the 2011 data, and representing 0.8% of the total population.

How many SA nationals live in the UK?

According to the Office for National Statistics report published in 2014, the UK actually has the most South African expats of any other country: 221,000 are said to be living there at the time of the research, but StatsSA now believe the figure will be around 230,000.

Will this trend continue?

Both countries offer a long-term stability, so will continue to be attractive options. John Dunn at Sable International explains that the Brexit referendum will lead to a large turnover in Britain’s workforce, with many EU nationals leaving the country.

This will leave spaces open to skilled workers from other countries according to Dunn, and it presents an opportunity to ambitious South Africans.

As for Australia, immigration reforms created in April 2017 encourage immigrants to stay longer and become a part of Australian society. The proposals would abandon their famous temporary work visa, and introduce a system where candidates are residents for four years.

They’d also have to prove they have successfully integrated with the local community… Which isn’t that hard to do with a bunch of Aussies.

 

Loading...

You Might Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>