10 countries with the largest South African diaspora.

Many South Africans move to find better job opportunities, be with family, or study. This has led to a large number of South African expats worldwide. Countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States are some of the top choices for South Africans living abroad.

Curious about the countries with the most South Africans living there? Check out this list of the top 10 nations where many South Africans have moved to.

  1. United Kingdom:

    • As of 2021, data indicates that the UK is home to 217,181 South Africans.
  2. Australia:

    • In 2022, Australia had a diaspora population of 206,730 South Africans.
  3. United States:

    • The United States had 139,322 South Africans residing there as of 2022.
  4. United Arab Emirates:

    • Approximately 100,000 South Africans were living in the United Arab Emirates as of 2014.
  5. New Zealand:

    • As of 2018, New Zealand had a population of 71,382 South Africans.
  6. Canada:

    • Canada counted 51,590 South Africans among its residents in 2021.
  7. Netherlands:
    • As of 2023, the Netherlands was home to 41,300 South Africans.
  8. Israel:

    • In 2021, Israel had a population of 22,315 South Africans.
  9. Germany:

    • Germany’s South African population numbered 20,378 as of 2020.
  10. Mozambique:

  • As of 2020, Mozambique was home to 20,171 South Africans.

As per Statista.com, language plays a big role when South Africans decide where to move. Having a common language makes it easier for people to communicate and fit into a new community.

It’s worth noting that the top five places where South Africans often move to have English as their official language.

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