JOHANNESBURG — The year 2015 saw the highest number of people emigrate from South Africa since 2006.
Nearly 26 percent of the emigrants who left the country since 2006 did so in 2015.
The largest proportion of emigrants who left between 2011 and 2015 were aged between 25 and 29.
That figure is followed by the age groups 30 to 34 and 35 to 39 at 15,7% and 12,7% respectively.
Gauteng, the economic hub of South Africa, recorded the highest number of emigrants.
“You can see in the numbers that left and they are substantial,” said Statistician General Pali Lehohla.
The expatriates chose to leave South Africa for countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Australia, citing employment, study and business reasons.
Top international destinations include Australia, which recorded the highest number of 26 percent, the United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. The United Arab Emirates, China and Germany also made the list of top destinations.
In Africa, the top 10 destinations include Mozambique, to which the highest number of emigrants move. Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana and Nigeria are other preferred destinations.