Another misleading headline. Really, 1000 people attending an expo in the UK is "flocking home"? A similar expo held in Johannesburg in July for New Zealand attracted 6500 people who PAID to get in. Six leaving, one coming back. That's 'flocking' back is it? I have said it before and I'll say it again. I do not want to encourage people to leave SA however if they feel it's in their best interests then they should do so with everybody's blessing.
Of a survey done by this site, 81% of expats in the UK wanted to return but those in Australia, only 47% would consider returning. I'd like to think that most expats would return but only if the crime situation improved and discrimination was ended. In another post I did back in April, only 0,1% would ever return.
Not exactly flattering numbers but then again, the role of the mainstream media in SA is to put a shine on shit instead of focusing on real issues and doing something about holding the ANC regime to task. Only when that happens and real changes happen on the ground will people consider returning and even then that may not be possible because as people age and acclimatise to their new lives in other countries and as their children integrate, the will to return dissipates.
Many young blacks want to leave
Optimism levels for SA's future are below 50%
Third of SA dreams of joining exodus
Foreign shores lure South Africans
More and more South Africans living abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, are opting to return home as unemployment and the cost of living soar.
The British Chambers of Commerce predicts that the economic slump will force unemployment to soar by between 250 000 and 300 000 in the next two to three years.
Last month, Homecoming Revolution, a non-profit organisation that encourages and helps South Africans around the world to return home, held an expo in the UK.
"More than 1 000 South Africans attended, and they were of an extremely high skills calibre," says Angel Jones, the founder of the organisation.
"What is especially exciting is that four out of five of them are returning to South Africa in the next six months."
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