South Sudanese diaspora
The South Sudanese diaspora consists of citizens of South Sudan residing abroad.
The number of South Sudanese outside South Sudan has sharply increased since the beginning of the struggle for independence from the North Sudan. Around half a million South Sudanese have left the country as refugees, either permanently or as temporary workforce, leading to the establishment of the South Sudanese diaspora population.
The largest communities of the South Sudanese diaspora are located in North America, Western Europe, and Oceania are in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and small communities exist in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and New Zealand.
Southerners living in Darfur were given the opportunity to vote in the referendum from special polling stations as some tribes advocated unity and others supported separation with a possible ominous precedence for Darfur itself. Polling stations were also set up in eight countries with large South Sudanese populations, namely Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the United States, where an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 South Sudanese reside, polling booths were opened in eight states: Virginia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Arizona and Washington. Similar polling booths were set up in the Canadian cities of Calgary and Toronto, to cater to the South Sudanese population there; an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 Sudanese[clarification needed] live in Canada, about 2,200 of whom had registered to vote in either of the two cities.
Members of the South Sudanese diaspora have been split as to their support for or against separation; members of some tribes advocate unity, while members of other tribes supported separation. Some Canadian South Sudanese have called for a boycott of the referendum, accusing the International Organization for Migration, which was tasked with operating the vote in that country, of "being influenced by the government in Khartoum." Calgary-based journalist Mading Ngor of The New Sudan Vision dismissed these claims as "a conspiracy theory," adding "It's a very fragmented community here along tribal lines." Although over 99% of those in the South voted for independence, 42% of those who lived in the north at the time voted for unity.
Distribution by country
This article needs to be updated.(August 2016)
|Country||South Sudanese Citizens|
|Denmark||4200 As of 2012[update]|
|Netherlands||est. 4000 As of 2016[update]|
|Sweden||4,000 As of 2012[update]|
|United Kingdom||30,000 As of 2012[update]|
|USA||30,000 As of 2012[update]|
|Canada||17,000 As of 2012[update]|
|New Zealand||3,000 As of 2012[update]|
|Israel||7,500 As of 2012[update]|
|Italy||10,000 As of 2012[update]|
|Ireland||3,000 As of 2012[update]|
|France||30,000 As of 2012[update]|
|Australia||15,000 As of 2012[update]|
|TOTAL||400,000 - 600,000 ( South Sudan: 7,000,000 As of 2012[update] )|
- South Sudanese
- List of South Sudanese
- South Sudanese Americans
- South Sudanese Australians
- South Sudanese Canadians
- South Sudanese in Denmark
- South Sudanese in France
- South Sudanese in Italy
- South Sudanese in New Zealand
- South Sudanese in the United Kingdom
- Embassy of South Sudan, London
- Refugees of South Sudan
- Omar al-Saleh (9 January 2011). "Mixed feelings in Darfur | Al Jazeera Blogs". Blogs.aljazeera.net. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
- Tom Babin (9 January 2011). "Some Sudanese-Canadians boycott referendum over fears of bias". Calgary Herald. Postmedia News. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- John Terrett (10 January 2011). "Sudan vote in USA | Al Jazeera Blogs". Blogs.aljazeera.net. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
- Faith Karimi (22 January 2011). "Report: Vote for Southern Sudan independence nearly unanimous". CNN. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
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