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newsBusiness Times reports that the number of South Africans of all races inquiring about emigrating to countries such as the US, Portugal and Grenada has soared since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

According to companies specialising in the field, the people making inquiries include doctors, lawyers, engineers, farmers and entrepreneurs who want to move their families out of SA and provide their children with better employment and lifestyle prospects. And young graduates are also looking to emigrate amid fears about finding work in a stagnant local economy. Also fuelling interest in relocation is the work-from-home trend, which means people in many fields can do their jobs from anywhere in the world. Grenada, in particular, is becoming attractive for medical professionals because it has globally recognised medical facilities and it is possible to secure a passport within five months. The surge in emigration inquiries comes at a time when the SA government is urgently trying to attract and retain skilled professionals. More than a month ago the government released a draft list of critical skills that SA needs. Top of the list are experts in agriculture, engineering, construction, IT and accounting. SA also needs general medical practitioners, nurses and pharmacists. American Dream, which helps South Africans settle in the US, has experienced "a major uptick in general in immigration queries", and this intensified after the Covid outbreak. Other relocation specialists have experienced similar trends.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nick Wilson at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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