Demography is regarded as the most quantitatively strong discipline in the social sciences but there are limits to what can be known and measured, especially about migration in South Africa. Demography professor Tom Moultrie explains.
There are a number of official-sounding figures about the number of foreign-born migrants in South Africa but many of them are exaggerated or based on unsound data. This factsheet presents the best available data sources.
Many reports on migration focus on international migration but the vast majority of migration that happens in South Africa happens within its borders. This factsheet explores the available data on the country’s domestic migration.