South African immigration consultants reported a surge in inquiries from South African Indians following the recent violence and looting that destroyed KwaZulu-Natal in July.
The state is home to about one-third of South Africa’s 1.4 million citizens from India and is the descendant of the first settlers to arrive primarily as contract workers and merchants in 1860.
Nicholas Avramis of Beaver Canadian Immigration Consultants, an immigrant company specializing in Canadian applications from South Africa, told its website businessinsider.co.za that its customer base, which was about 10% Indian until July, will quadruple to 40. He said he was expecting it. Cent before the end of the year.
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Avramis said relocation cash and business women were of particular interest to the head of the household and the extended family.
Other consultants said there was growing interest in immigrants to Australia and the United Kingdom.
“I believe there is still a great deal of interest in escaping abroad,” Robbie Lagless, managing director of New World Immigration, told the website.
It also seems that there was an unprecedented inquiry about emigration to mainland Europe. This was previously of little interest to the Indian community.
South Africa’s Indian delegation was unable to provide details, but credible sources said that inquiries about OCI (Foreign Citizenship) cards doubled after the July turmoil.
Very popular among Indians abroad, the OCI card offers long-term visa-free travel and stays in India, giving cardholders many privileges not normally granted to foreigners. So far, India has issued an OCI card of around Rs 377,200.
The agent emphasized that inquiries do not necessarily lead to a real migration, as not everyone who asks for information goes through it.
“As for official immigration statistics, processing immigrants, especially business immigrants, takes about 6-12 months, so we only know the time,” said Avramis.
Increasing inquiries about immigrants began following a massive plunder and arson in July, when protests against former President Jacob Zuma, who had begun a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, turned into widespread violence. Since then, he has been released on medical parole.
Many of the companies that had their ceilings and even counters carried away and stripped naked or burned to the ground belonged to Indians. Some have invested in affected domestic or multinational corporations.
President Cyril Ramaphosa called the case a “riot failure” because he took no action for several days until police called on the army to calm his anxiety.
Tensions continue in the larger Durban region between India and the black community, mainly after vigilants in Phoenix, a suburb of India, killed more than 33 blacks who entered their town during the turmoil. Some were reportedly going to work in Phoenix.
Approximately three men charged with murder are being tried, and protests are being held on both sides daily outside the courtroom.
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Recent violence and looting have led to a surge in inquiries about immigrants from Indians in South Africa
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