These are the top countries South Africans are emigrating to

American think tank, Pew Research, has released a new report on the origins and destinations of the world’s migrants from 1990-2017.

The data is based on international migrant data published by the United Nations. The United Nations uses a taxonomy of nations and territories and classifies migrants born in territories as international migrants, even if their citizenship is different from their territory of birth.

According to the United Nations Population Division, an international migrant is someone who has been living for one year or longer in a country other than the one in which he or she was born.

This means that many foreign workers and international students are counted as migrants. However, tourists, foreign-aid workers, temporary workers employed abroad for less than a year and overseas military personnel typically are not counted as migrants.

Migration

When looking at South Africa’s data, Pew Research found that at least 900,000 people born in South Africa were currently living in other countries in 2017.

For these South Africans the United Kingdom was the destination of choice, with 210,000 migrants as of 2017.

However, it was closely followed by Australia (190,000) and other popular countries including the USA (100,000) and New Zealand (60,000).

2017 rank Country Migrants
1 United Kingdom 210 000
2 Australia 190 000
3 United States 100 000
4 New Zealand 60 000
5 Canada 50 000
6 Angola 40 000
7 Botswana 40 000
8 Chile 20 000
9 Zimbabwe 20 000
10 Germany 20 000
11 Netherlands 10 000
12 Swaziland 10 000
13 Israel 10 000
14 Portugal 10 000
15 Mozambique <10 000
16 Ireland <10 000
17 Malawi <10 000
18 Switzerland <10 000
19 Namibia <10 000
20 Greece <10 000

Read: The 10 best countries for you to emigrate to

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