Why cash from Kenyans in South Africa shrank 13 times

News published on Apr 14, 2023 @ 2:03 pm

Dollar inflows from Kenyans living in South Africa have shrunk 13 times over the past three years, pointing to difficulties in getting work permits for skilled workers post Covid-19 despite a deal on a long-standing visa row between the two countries.

Official data show remittances from Kenyans working in South Africa have plunged to $17.46 million in the year to February compared to $228.68 million in a similar period three years ago when Covid-19 travel curbs forced many Kenyans to return home.

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