Zimstat bombshell- census says less than one million Zimbabweans outside the country


The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency says less than one million Zimbabweans are living outside the country with 85% in South Africa, 5% in Botswana and 3% in the United Kingdom.

The figures released by Zimstat fly in the face of those that have been bandied around for years that more than three million Zimbabweans are living in South Africa alone.

Zimstat put the number of Zimbabweans in South Africa at 773 246 and the total of Zimbabweans outside the country at 908 913. There are 47 928 Zimbabweans in Botswana and 23 166 in the UK.

Some people are querying the Zimstat figures claiming that they do not include Zimbabweans living in South Africa illegally.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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