Fact sheet on foreign workers in South Africa: Overview based on Statistics South Africa data (2012-2017)

This fact sheet is based on statistics released by Statistics South Africa in its 2017 Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) (Report No. 02-11-02 (2017), and analysis undertaken by the African Centre for Migration & Society. The statistics offered here present a partial picture of both mobility and employment. The limited scope of the migration module in the QLFS, and the five year gap in its administration on the one hand, and the fluidity of migration on the other, means that there is much we do not know about migrant and employment in South Africa. Similarly the informality of employment is not completely captured in this survey.

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