The massive movements of people, fueled by the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, has put migration at the top of the global human rights agenda. This guide looks at how migration, migrants and refugees are defined in South Africa.
A recent report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees claims that there are more than a million asylum seekers in South Africa, and that the country is home to the highest number of unresolved asylum cases in the world. But the figure is based on a flawed reading of the available data.
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.
Senegalese media reported that 1,839 men and women from the West African country had been given asylum in Belgium between 2010 and 2014 on grounds of being gay. The numbers are rising but not that high.
Media reported earlier this year that South Africa is home to five million immigrants, fuelling concerns that the country is ‘overrun’ by foreigners. Africa Check asked The New York Times for proof. We investigated the evidence they sent.