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3 ways South Africans are moving to the United States

Source: Briefly, 24/07/2019

These include people who received a ‘green card’, were admitted as
temporary nonimmigrants, granted asylum or refugee status, or were
This number has continued to slowly increase in recent years, with
just under 70 South Africans leaving every week, or 9 people a day.
While many of these people will be families that emigrate together,
there is growing concern that these South Africans are taking
valuable skills with them.
The latest data shows that the largest number of visas are given to
South Africans who are relatives of US citizens (around 40%).
This is followed by employment-based visas (29%) and the diversity
visa programme ` also known as the green card lottery (9%).
However, it is important to note that the green-card lottery is not
open every year and is open to a small group of applicants.
Making the jump
The Department of Home Affairs does not keep record of South Africans
who emigrate permanently; however, receiver countries do keep track
of immigrants, which gives an indication of how many people are
actually leaving.
According to this data, the United Kingdom remains the most popular
destination for South African immigrants, followed by Australia, New
Zealand and the USA.
This is backed up by surveys conducted by American think tank Pew
Research, which found that there were at least 900,000 people born in
South Africa 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 the USA (100,000).


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