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South Africa’s brain drain and xenophobia likely political hot potato

A local taxi driver is pushed around during a confrontation with foreign nationals in the Johannesburg Central Business District on April 15, 2015.

Photo credit: Marco Longari | AFP

What you need to know:

  • By 2020, the cumulative number of South African emigrants in the post-apartheid era numbered 915,000.
  • Overall, new official figures show increasing numbers turning their backs on South Africa since 2000.
  • In sum total, however, far more skilled people are leaving than arriving.