E.g., 10/20/2014
E.g., 10/20/2014

Country Resource - South Africa

South Africa

ZA
  • Population......................................................................48,675,645 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................-0.48% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate.....................................................18.94 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate................................................17.49 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................-6.27 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups..................................Black African 79.2%, white 8.9%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%, other 0.5% (2011 est.)

CIA World Factbook

South Africa is struggling to define a post-apartheid migration policy that is responsive to its changing role in Africa, the relationship between migration and development, and the country's rampant xenophobia, seen most graphically in May 2008. Jonathan Crush of the Southern African Migration Project reports on the latest developments.

Recent Activity

The past decade has brought tens of thousands of Chinese migrants to Africa, and well over half of all Chinese migrants to the continent head to South Africa. Yoon Jung Park of Rhodes University discusses the history of Chinese migration to South Africa, the various communities of Chinese currently residing in the country, and their levels of political, social, and economic integration.

Five factors, including wages and professional development, drive skilled people to migrate, and three reasons encourage them to return. Laura Chappell and Alex Glennie of ippr in London look at all of these factors and how motivations vary across different contexts and groups of migrants.

South Africa, Brazil, and Costa Rica—all destinations for migrants from the region—sought to make the lives of immigrants a little better in 2009.

Unfortunately, 2008 brought a new wave of xenophobia, most notably in South Africa and Italy.

South Africa is struggling to define a post-apartheid migration policy that is responsive to its changing role in Africa, the relationship between migration and development, and the country's rampant xenophobia, seen most graphically in May 2008. Jonathan Crush of the Southern African Migration Project reports on the latest developments.

Aderanti Adepoju of the Human Resources Development Centre in Lagos provides an overview of Africa's dynamic migration flows, examining trends ranging from feminization to diversification.