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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Africa Check by Risenga Maluleke.]

South Africa’s statistician-general Risenga Maluleke explains how Stats SA estimates the number of migrants living in the country – and why it’s important that public debate is based on such empirical data.

There is an unfortunate perception that South Africa has more migrants than estimated by Statistics South Africa, with recent reports claiming that 11 million undocumented migrants live in the country.

In terms of the United Nations principles of official statistics, I have as statistician-general the responsibility and obligation of responding to the misuse or misreporting of official statistics.

Stats SA has run three censuses since the start of democratic government in South Africa, with the next census scheduled for 2021. The number of people born outside the country were estimated at 958,188 in Census 1996, 1.03 million in Census 2001 and 2.2 million in Census 2011.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in March 2019 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in March 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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