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South Africa May Lose 53% of Graduates to Emigration, Survey Shows

  • Almost half of the country’s top earners considering leaving
  • Country has suffered corruption scandals, violence, power cuts
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A group of graduating student wearing caps.Photographer: Helen Cortez / EyeEm/EyeEm
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About half of South Africa’s top earners and university graduates are considering emigration as citizens lose faith in the country’s future, the Social Research Foundation said, citing a survey it conducted. 

Out of 3,204 registered voters the Johannesburg-based research group surveyed in July, 53% of university graduates and 43% of those who earned more than 20,000 rand ($1,138) a month may leave the country, according to the findings. Overall, 23% of those surveyed said they may look to live in another country.