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Old December 13th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #1

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White South African's returning home...


Firstly, I was not sure were to put this thread, so please forgive me if it is in the wrong place.

Secondly, I apologies profusely for the heading of this Thread, I really do not like using racial terms such as "White" and "black", but I have no choice if I want answers to my question...

This is a subject I am greatly interested in. There is a new trend which has developed within South Africa, a large number of "White" South Africans, who had emigrated out of the country between 1990 to 2001, are now returning home. This trend has grown so much that there are now a few websites that have been setup by private entities, with government support, to help the people returning, to resettle into the country:
Homecoming Revolution ...
Helping South Africans come home

I am really interested in finding out what everyone's opinion is as to the cause of this sudden trend? What has changed?

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...has slowed down the high rates of white people emigrating overseas and has led to increasing numbers of white emigrants returning to live in South Africa. Charles Luyckx, CEO of Elliot International and a board member of the Professional Movers Association said that in the past six months leading to December (2008), emigration numbers had dropped by 10%. Meanwhile he revealed that "people imports" had increased by 50%.
Despite the decline, between 2009 and 2010, not only did the number of white South Africans increase by 112,000, but even their percentage increased from 9.1 to 9.2%. This made them the fastest growing ethnic group in that period of time, with a growth rate of 2.5%, far higher than the 1.4% for black South Africans.
Statistics for the white population in South Africa:
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Old December 13th, 2012, 01:12 AM   #2

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Firstly, I was not sure were to put this thread, so please forgive me if it is in the wrong place.

Secondly, I apologies profusely for the heading of this Thread, I really do not like using racial terms such as "White" and "black", but I have no choice if I want answers to my question...

This is a subject I am greatly interested in. There is a new trend which has developed within South Africa, a large number of "White" South Africans, who had emigrated out of the country between 1990 to 2001, are now returning home. This trend has grown so much that there are now a few websites that have been setup by private entities, with government support, to help the people returning, to resettle into the country:
Homecoming Revolution ...
Helping South Africans come home

I am really interested in finding out what everyone's opinion is as to the cause of this sudden trend? What has changed?

Source:
White South African...

Statistics for the white population in South Africa:
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Is it the first phase of an elaborately planned invasion maybe???
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Old December 13th, 2012, 04:49 AM   #3

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So, any thoughts???
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Old December 13th, 2012, 04:58 AM   #4

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I think that there might be a bit of wishful thinking of a mass return. I know of a couple of returnees, one an architect in his late 30s and a computer fundi in his early 40s. Oh, and I forgot my Brother's PA. She is returning because of the poor state of British schools. She can't afford a private education here and has put her son into St Peter's in Rivonia. All have aging parents which is a factor and in the case of the two men, the economic downturn in Europe is dramatic. Even I get a job offer from SA every other month. One offer had temptingly silly money and when I phoned the recruitment agency I was informed that there was a serious skills/experience shortage, mainly due to the chicken-run generation and the early retirees.
You may be interested to know that there are more expatriate South Africans in the UK than Irish and that's just the ones with South African passports. There's probably just as many with British or other passports.
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You may be interested to know that there are more expatriate South Africans in the UK than Irish and that's just the ones with South African passports. There's probably just as many with British or other passports.
Well back in 2000 I was dating a South African and during a visit to Cape Town her dad told me he was being forced out of his job in the navy because he would not relinquish his British passport and therefore he had his security clearance revoked. How many other people that were in his position came back to the UK I wonder?
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Old December 13th, 2012, 05:13 AM   #6

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My Aunt has moved there in the early 2000's and she loves it (Oddly enough Ancientgeezer knows her). In West Australia we have a huge ex SA population because of the mining boom, and the similar living conditions.

Where my parents lived there was alot of Saffa's you could always tell their houses because of the big fences and rotweillers in the front gardens.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #7

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I think that there might be a bit of wishful thinking of a mass return. I know of a couple of returnees, one an architect in his late 30s and a computer fundi in his early 40s. Oh, and I forgot my Brother's PA. She is returning because of the poor state of British schools. She can't afford a private education here and has put her son into St Peter's in Rivonia. All have aging parents which is a factor and in the case of the two men, the economic downturn in Europe is dramatic. Even I get a job offer from SA every other month. One offer had temptingly silly money and when I phoned the recruitment agency I was informed that there was a serious skills/experience shortage, mainly due to the chicken-run generation and the early retirees.
You may be interested to know that there are more expatriate South Africans in the UK than Irish and that's just the ones with South African passports. There's probably just as many with British or other passports.
I actually thought it was wishful thinking myself, when I first heard about this, until I did some research. The facts are actually real and undeniable, which is why the government supported the creation of those websites to help people resettle, as I mentioned. I actually had a table in the area marked "Statistics for the white population in South Africa:", which showed the population growth of the "white" South African community, However I have just noticed that the table is now gone, so I will upload it again:
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The fact that you have mentioned that you are being "headhunted" by South African companies is interesting. It defiantly might just be one of the causes behind this...
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Old December 13th, 2012, 05:35 AM   #8

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I have come across a few white South Africans in the last couple of years, and not one of them has said they would return. So i find this surprising. A rise of 200,000 is 5 years doesn't seem that much and i wounder how much of that is due to births of white children.

Their clearly is an increase in those returning, for what ever reason. I guess it makes sense for the goverment to help this process and maybe encourage more to return.
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I have come across a few white South Africans in the last couple of years, and not one of them has said they would return. So i find this surprising. A rise of 200,000 is 5 years doesn't seem that much and i wounder how much of that is due to births of white children.
This is where it starts getting interesting. During the last year or two the countries fertility rate has actually been shrinking. This is actually a very big growing concern, because of implications on the future of the countries population if the fertility rate continues to drop. Ironically it is actually dropping because of an increase in the education levels among South African woman. What little population increase the country has had thus far, can mostly be attributed to people coming into the country...
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Interesting, i take it this is amongst both blacks and whites.
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