Fact check: Are there millions of Zimbabweans living in South Africa?

Fact check: Are there millions of Zimbabweans living in South Africa?

- The ANC's Lindiwe Zulu recently claimed that there were 'millions of Zimbabweans living in South Africa' while explaining she would like to help resolve the countries conflict.

- Briefly.co.za has investigated and found that the data reflects the number of migrants from the nation at well under a million

- However, with many unregistered immigrants living within SA's borders, it is difficult to determine a true estimate of the situation

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Amid the responses to the volatile situation facing Zimbabweans, the ANC's Lindiwe Zulu has claimed that there are 'millions of Zimbabweans living in South Africa'.

However, current data from StatsSA, as well as the UN, puts the number of migrants from the region living in SA at under a million.

Despite this, a UN expert has said that South Africa was 'very difficult' when it comes to determining the true number and origins of foreigners in the country.

Briefly.co.za takes a look at the number of Zimbabweans currently taking refuge within South African borders.

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A recent survey by Africa Check saw that the data does not support the national minister's claim, with Zulu referring them instead to the department of home affairs and the Zimbabwean embassy.

While both entities have yet to comment, Professor Tom Moultrie, director of the Centre for Actuarial Research at the University of Cape Town, has said that:

“There is a real shortage of hard data on how many Zimbabweans are in the country. The population of Zimbabwe is only about 12 or 13 million people,” he said. So 2 million people leaving the country would be significant."

The most recent data from Statistics South Africa estimated that just over 1.5 million people living in SA were migrants, with only 574 047 coming from Zimbabwe.

While StatsSA says most migrants, documented or not, would have been accounted for, a UN expert maintains that there is 'significant' uncertainty about the true numbers and origins of migrants living in South Africa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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