South African diaspora

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 South African diaspora
Regions with significant populations
 United Kingdom 209,000 (2012)
 Australia 145,683 (2011)[1]
 United States 82,054 (2011)
 New Zealand 54,279 (2013)[2]
 Canada 38,305 (2006)[3]
 Qatar 5,000 (2014)[4]
 Netherlands -
 Argentina 300 - 500 (2012)[5]
Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
South African people

The South African diaspora consists of South African emigrants and their descendants living outside South Africa. The largest concentrations of South African emigrants are to be found in the United Kingdom, followed by Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland.[6] At the time of the 2001 UK Census, some 141,405 South-African born people were present in the UK.[7] In Australia, there were 145,683 South African-born people residing in the country at the moment of the 2011 Census,[1] having an increase compared with those 78,444 recorded by the 2001 Census.[7] The 2000 United States Census identified 68,290 South African-born people.[7]

There is also a small South African community in South America, mainly in Argentina.

According to a survey conducted in 2006, the most common reason for South Africans leaving their home country is for employment and financial opportunities, followed by concerns about rising crime levels and their personal safety. Many White South Africans, most of them skilled, left the country after the fall of apartheid; in which the first-ever Black majority government was elected after decades of White minority rule. The African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela won power in the first democratic elections that all races were allowed to vote. Many Whites feared for their future with the newly-elected government.[6]


  1. ^ a b Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. "South African Australians". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "2013 Census totals by topic". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Statistics Canada (2006). "South African Canadians". Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  4. ^ bq magazine (2014). "Qatar´s population by nationality". Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Crónicas del Centenario, 1901 - 2001; Crónica, Comodoro Rivadavia
  6. ^ a b "Will the 'Scatterlings of South Africa' return?". South Africa: The Good News. 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  7. ^ a b c "OECD emigration database". OECD. Retrieved 2008-09-09.