Response: The National Labour Migration Policy by Peter-John Pearson
On 30th November 2021, the Deputy Director General for Public Employment Services in the Department of Labour, Sam Moratoba, told the portfolio committee on tourism that migrants constitute about 4% of South Africa’s population and about 7% of the workforce. In this regard he made the point that many undocumented migrants live under the radar, thus making accurate numbers impossible to ascertain. According to his figures, the estimate would be about 2.4m. Most commentators put the number much higher, nearer 3.9-4.1m.