Many expats want to come home

2011-07-10 08:58

Johannesburg – There has been an increase in South Africans overseas indicating that they want to return to SA.

Homecoming Revolution said blog visitors had increased by 137% from February 2010 to February 2011.

Brigitte Britten-Kelly, managing director of the company, said the recession played a role especially among South Africans in the UK, the US, Ireland and Dubai, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

But getting a job in some sectors in South Africa was still difficult and this kept some from returning.

Alana Bailey from Afriforum said government had missed a golden opportunity during the recession to lure skilled people back to the country.

Bailey said coming back to SA was a costly exercise and many families couldn’t afford the R20 000 to R60 000 that it took to come back – especially if they could not be sure of permanent employment.

Bailey also said many young South Africans were worried about ANCYL leader Julius Malema’s comments about nationalisation. 

Britten-Kelly was positive, however, that there would be a continued interest in returning to SA and said people who were worried about Malema’s comments and wanted to leave the country should realise that many who left the country found after a few years that the grass was not really greener elsewhere.

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