A new survey has been conducted that shows that 96% of South Africans aspire to have a second citizenship and 70% of them claim they would relocate if they had the chance.
The survey went on to reveal that 66% of respondents had been actively researching second citizenship in the past 12 months as a result of the political and economic upheaval in South Africa. For 30% of South Africans, the second passport would give them a ‘Plan B’ option, should the ‘wheels suddenly fall off’ in South Africa and it becomes an unsafe country in which to reside.
South Africans looking for a secure future
For most of the respondents in the survey, their family’s future security was the motivating factor when they considered leaving the country. While many adults could imagine spending the rest of their days in South Africa, they couldn’t see it as a viable option for their children.
The UK emerged as the top destination to consider when it came to second passports or places to move to. The UK was followed by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Angola, Ireland, Netherlands, France and the Seychelles.
SA Government is responding to the ‘exodus’ trend
The South African Government has responded to the increase in South Africans leaving the country by gazetting a white paper for comment in July 2017, which compels South Africans who plan on being out of the country for longer than three months to register with the government. This is the first attempt by Home Affairs to include emigration control in official policy – and they directly attribute this to the high number of skilled workers and taxes leaving the country.
Considering investing in citizenship
The recent credit downgrades by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies and the looming threat of junk stats has many wealthy South Africans seriously considering diversifying their financial interests and investment assets beyond South Africa’s borders.
25% of those surveyed said they would be willing to invest 25% of their annual salary for a second citizenship as a backup plan in case the situation got worse in South Africa. The top reasons cited for considering a second citizenship included looking for increased security( 59.77%), looking for political and economic stability (55.17%) and better career and investment opportunities abroad (32.18%), followed by better education opportunities for family at 21.84%
International financial services for ALL South Africans
FinGlobal has assisted more than 60 000 clients across 105 countries transfer their money securely abroad and we also offer our international financial services to South Africans who want to reside on home turf – but not keep all their eggs in one basket. Every resident above the age of 18 has two allowances they can use to transfer funds from South Africa:
- Single Discretionary Allowance
As a resident, you may transfer a total of R1 000 000 from SA every calendar year. Please note that all card transactions while you are abroad are included under this allowance.
- Foreign Investment Allowance
As a resident, you may also use this R10 000 000 allowance per calendar year. A tax clearance is required from SARS. This tax clearance is associated with the Foreign Investment Allowance and differs from a normal ‘good standing’ tax clearance.
You may also transfer funds abroad in excess of these allowances.