Here's how many South Africans have moved to the UK
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UK immigration and travel has been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with far fewer South Africans making the move abroad compared to previous years, data from the UK's office of national statistics shows.
An estimated 268,000 people moved to live in the UK during 2020, compared with 592,000 people in 2019 and 538,000 people in 2018.

The fall in immigration was seen across all three groups: EU nationals, non-EU nationals, and British returnees. It is likely that the Covid-19 pandemic was a major contributing factor alongside the effect of Brexit, the stats body said.

"Although there is no evidence of an exodus from the UK in 2020, global travel restrictions meant the movement of people was limited, with all data sources suggesting migration fell to the lowest level seen for many years," said Jay Lindop, director of the centre for international migration at the office for national statistics.

"These are our best current estimates for international migration over this period, however, they are modelled figures based on experimental research and subject to a high level of uncertainty."

Overseas populations

The office of national statistics uses two metrics for overseas populations – country of birth and nationality.

The survey shows that country with the largest overseas population by country of birth is India, with an estimated 896,000 Indian-born people currently living in the UK. This is followed by Poland (682,000 people) and Pakistan (456,000 people) who…
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