Fact check: Do millions of Nigerians really live in South Africa?

Fact check: Do millions of Nigerians really live in South Africa?

- Xenophobia is one of the biggest immediate problems facing South Africa right now

- With no sense of solution in sight, Briefly News decided to check up on the claim that millions of Nigerians are currently living in SA

- According to statistics, that claim is way off and the number is closer to only 30 000

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The xenophobic attacks in South Africa seem to be far for over or under control and the Nigerian public is calling for something to be done.

The word 'sanctions' has been thrown around - it seems that Nigerians are calling for retaliation after the attacks against their people.

Over the past week alone, many reports have streamed in of foreign-owned shops being targeted, as well as truck drivers.

The Zimbabwe Cross Borders Transport Association has issued a warning to South Africa in reaction to the situation - cross-border transport between the two countries will be stopped by the entity, unless the situation facing their citizen's in SA improves.

As the tension in the country seems to spiral out of control, Briefly.co.za thought it would be a good idea to check some facts, in this case, whether there really are millions of Nigerians living in South Africa.

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Africa Check, Mzansi's trusted fact-checker revealed there really isn't any data to back up the claims that there are millions of Nigerians that call the country their current home, as was alleged by a famous Nigerian comedian via a social media post

Ayo Makun, better known by his stage name “AY”, said in his Instagram post: “Over a million Nigerians live in South Africa.”

Statistical data collected by Africa Check indicates that there are actually less than 50 000 Nigerians living in SA.

Statistics South Africa did a survey in 2016 and estimated that about 30 314 of the foreign-born people living in the country are Nigerian.

This survey is the most recent data collection exercise in Mzansi that includes information about migrants.

Another source, UN statistics, do not show that more than 30 000 Nigerians live in South Africa.

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Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was arrested by Kwa-Zulu Natal South African Police Service (SAPS) officers for threatening foreigners and inciting violence via social media.

According to The Citizen, a report was made to the police regarding a Facebook post made by the suspect, which encouraged South Africans to attack foreigners. Read more:

In reaction to the spike in attacks against foreigners in SA, the Nigerian government has announced that 600 of its civilians living in here will be taken home. This follows violent attacks on foreign nationals locally, with at least 12 reported dead.

Xenophobia continues to be a big problem in South Africa with no clear solution on the horizon.

Fact check: Do millions of Nigerians really live in South Africa?

SA border post (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Source: UGC

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