South Africans are looking into the option of a second citizenship, for a myriad of reasons.
We all know that the Green Mamba can be a bit of a pain when it comes to global mobility.
So it’s not really a surprise that a new survey conducted by CS Global Partners, an international citizenship advisory, found that 51% of South Africans want a second citizenship to increase global mobility and have better access to travel opportunities.
In fact, according to the study, 16% already had a second passport, which they used largely for holidays and to visit family abroad.
The survey interviewed a sample size of 500 people.
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But that’s the good part. The study also found that a whopping 96% of respondents would like a citizenship and that 70% of those would leave the country if they did.
Over 60% (66% exactly) of respondents had been researching the option due to “political instability” in the last 12 months – hardly surprising in the wake of state capture.
A further 60% would relocate to secure their family’s future, with 50% said it provided security and a ‘plan B’.
The preferred country for relocation is the United Kingdom, with over 25% choosing it as their favoured destination. Moving to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Angola, Ireland, Netherlands, France and Seychelles were next in line, in that order. The USA didn’t feature in the top 10.
CEO for CS Global Partners, Micha Emmett, said the response to the survey is consistent with growing trends in the economic citizenship industry:
“In an increasingly unstable world of political and economic turmoil, people are looking for alternate citizenship as a backup plan, in case the situation changes in their home country.
“The results are consistent with the conversations we typically have with clients and stakeholders. People want to know that their families, and all that they have worked hard to achieve, will be safe and secure not just today, but well into the future.
“Countries like the Commonwealth of Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada, are becoming an increasingly enticing option for second citizenship as people look to diversify their wealth and solidify their ‘plan B’.”