South Africa Net Migration Rate 1950-2021

Chart and table of the South Africa net migration rate from 1950 to 2021. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current net migration rate for South Africa in 2021 is 2.118 per 1000 population, a 6.2% decline from 2020.
  • The net migration rate for South Africa in 2020 was 2.258 per 1000 population, a 5.8% decline from 2019.
  • The net migration rate for South Africa in 2019 was 2.397 per 1000 population, a 5.48% decline from 2018.
  • The net migration rate for South Africa in 2018 was 2.536 per 1000 population, a 6.73% decline from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Similar Countries Ranked by Net Migration Rate
Country Name 2021 Net Migration Rate
Equatorial Guinea 9.714
Belize 2.856
South Africa 2.118
Malaysia 1.538
Botswana 1.268
Gabon 0.879
Russia 0.874
Costa Rica 0.777
Belarus 0.561
Iraq 0.359
Thailand 0.277
Ecuador 0.139
Peru 0.115
Brazil 0.058
Azerbaijan 0.048
Mauritius 0.000
Algeria -0.227
China -0.252
Libya -0.290
Kazakhstan -0.396
Colombia -0.419
Mexico -0.441
North Macedonia -0.481
Guatemala -0.507
Serbia -0.514
Iran -0.549
Maldives -0.626
Bulgaria -0.694
Turkmenistan -0.730
Montenegro -0.765
Turkey -0.844
Cuba -1.093
Armenia -1.689
Namibia -1.692
Suriname -1.699
Grenada -1.777
Romania -1.985
Paraguay -2.217
Venezuela -2.419
Dominican Republic -2.715
Jamaica -3.824
Albania -4.879
Fiji -5.054
Guyana -6.859
Tonga -7.537
Jordan -7.989
Samoa -10.194
Lebanon -16.538
South Africa - Historical Net Migration Rate Data
Year Net Migration Rate Growth Rate
2021 2.118 -6.200%
2020 2.258 -5.800%
2019 2.397 -5.480%
2018 2.536 -6.730%
2017 2.719 -6.310%
2016 2.902 -5.930%
2015 3.085 -5.600%
2014 3.268 -5.300%
2013 3.451 -0.170%
2012 3.457 -0.170%
2011 3.463 -0.140%
2010 3.468 -0.170%
2009 3.474 -0.170%
2008 3.480 0.460%
2007 3.464 0.460%
2006 3.448 0.500%
2005 3.431 0.470%
2004 3.415 0.470%
2003 3.399 2.630%
2002 3.312 2.730%
2001 3.224 2.770%
2000 3.137 2.890%
1999 3.049 2.940%
1998 2.962 -8.640%
1997 3.242 -7.920%
1996 3.521 -7.370%
1995 3.801 -6.840%
1994 4.080 -6.420%
1993 4.360 30.070%
1992 3.352 43.000%
1991 2.344 75.320%
1990 1.337 306.380%
1989 0.329 -148.450%
1988 -0.679 121.170%
1987 -0.307 -572.310%
1986 0.065 -85.160%
1985 0.438 -45.930%
1984 0.810 -31.470%
1983 1.182 12.040%
1982 1.055 13.690%
1981 0.928 16.000%
1980 0.800 18.870%
1979 0.673 23.260%
1978 0.546 -32.920%
1977 0.814 -24.700%
1976 1.081 -19.870%
1975 1.349 -16.520%
1974 1.616 -14.230%
1973 1.884 -0.420%
1972 1.892 -0.420%
1971 1.900 -0.420%
1970 1.908 -0.420%
1969 1.916 -0.420%
1968 1.924 8.520%
1967 1.773 9.310%
1966 1.622 10.340%
1965 1.470 11.450%
1964 1.319 12.930%
1963 1.168 20.290%
1962 0.971 25.290%
1961 0.775 34.080%
1960 0.578 51.310%
1959 0.382 106.490%
1958 0.185 9.470%
1957 0.169 11.180%
1956 0.152 11.760%
1955 0.136 14.290%
1954 0.119 15.530%
1953 0.103 18.390%
1952 0.087 24.290%
1951 0.070 29.630%
1950 0.054 0.000%