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The 2017 census gives the lie to the myth that foreigners are “stealing” jobs from Mozambicans.
In the last 10 years, the number of foreigners living in Mozambique has fallen from 205,906 to 142,315 – only about 0.5 percent of all inhabitants. The majority continue to be Malawians, with just over 5,000 Portuguese and 1,346 Chinese nationals.
Although they remain the largest ex-pat community in Mozambique, the number of Malawians actually fell – from 74,996 in 2007 to 65,295 in 2017. The number of Zimbabweans dropped from 24,612 to 15,083.
But the 52,986 expatriates whose nationality was not identified in 2007 have contributed most to the fall. The final results of the latest General Population and Housing Census report just 44 residents whose nationality could not be ascertained.
On the other hand, some nationalities not even mentioned in the 2007 Census have now made an appearance, including 3,418 Burundians, 1,626 Rwandans and 1,346 Chinese.
The number of South Africans has increased from 8,613 to 14,698 – more than half, curiously, under the age of 14. The Portuguese community also grew – from 4,279 in 2007 to 5,560 citizens in 2017.Source: A Verdade