South Africa’s statistician-general Risenga Maluleke explains how Stats SA estimates the number of migrants living in the country – and why it’s important that public debate is based on such empirical data.
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba is a year into his job and trying to make good on election promises to clean up the inner city. Yet different sources of data contradicts his claim about the share of undocumented foreigners living there.
South African television programme Carte Blanche investigated the fraught journey to South Africa many Malawians experience. But their hard-hitting figure that “almost one-third of Malawi’s population” live in South Africa is completely off-point.
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.
With a large migrant community in South Africa, both documented and undocumented, do a “vast number” of the “refugee and migrant children end up at the door of our social services department” and have to be placed “in children’s homes and foster care”, as was claimed recently?