Despite the recent tightening of requirements, Australia remains one of the most popular destinations for skilled South Africans looking to leave the country. This is according to the most recent report from Australia's Department of Home Affairs, in which it indicated that 3,743 South African migrants arrived in the country in the 2019/2020 period.
According to the department's data, the majority of South African migrants (3,260) entered on a skilled visa, with 427 entering on family and child (56) visas.
This is a slight decrease from previous years, when 3,861 migrants were reported in 2018/2019, compared to 4,235 migrants in 2017/2018.
While COVID-19 and restrictions on movement and travel can be blamed for some of the decline, it is clear that Australia's stricter visa requirements and other factors have also had an impact on potential South African migrants. This movement in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic proves that movement in the immigration industry never truly slows down, as it is forever transient.
South Africa is currently ranked eighth in Australia's migrant country ranking, this highlights that if you are a skilled South African seeking opportunities abroad, Australia is one of the top options in your catalogue of countries to provide you with a better future.
It is strongly advised that you seek the assistance of a legitimate immigration consultancy to facilitate your move to Australia as openings are being secured on a daily basis.