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South Africa’s White Population Is Decreasing

About half a million white South Africans have left the country in the past three decades.

The population of white South Africans is decreasing, according to Statistics South Africa .


The South African newspaper City Press reports that about half a million white South Africans have left the country in the past three decades, and that an estimated 112,740 will emigrate in the next five years.

The country’s overall population has increased by 900,000 to 56.62 million between 2016 and 2017. The white population on the other hand, declined by 22,250 people, from 4.52 million in the same period.

After 1994 (which, by the way, was the same year the country’s first black president was elected), white South Africans have been emigrating, according to the Frans Cronjé of the Institute of Race Relations, as reported by City Press.

Stats SA didn’t reveal the reasons for the emigration, but emigration agencies believe it is because of the country’s political instability, and high crime rate. But it must be noted that most of those emigrating are young people between the ages of 20 and 40, and most of them are skilled professionals, tradespeople, entrepreneurs and experienced corporate employees.

The most popular emigration destinations are Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland and the US.

Head over to the City Press website to read the full report.

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