What is the impact of immigration and refugees on the population of SA

What is the impact of immigration and refugees on the population of SA: Immigration is the international cross-border movement of people to a destination country of which they are not true natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to become permanent residents. Read: The 4 Causes of Overpopulation in South Africa

Reasons why foreigners migrate to South Africa

Many people from other African countries migrate from their countries due to many reasons. These reasons can be classified as economic, social, political or environmental:

  • economic migration – moving to South Africa to find work or follow a particular career path
  • social migration – moving to South Africa for a better quality of life or to be closer to family or friends who are already in South Africa
  • political migration – moving to escape political persecution or wars
  • environmental causes of migration include natural disasters such as flooding

The Impact of migration in South Africa include:

  • Increased stress on housing, eg, RDP Housing not meeting the demand
  • Political and social tension such as Xenophobia, protests, and political conflicts.
  • increased costs,
  • Overcrowding in the low income settlement areas and squater camps
  • Increased rate of ransmission of diseases such as Corona Virus, Flue, Ibola and more.
  • Marginalisation of migrants into low status and low paid jobs.


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