Some of (most) the most searched keywords on the internet in Nigeria today include: “how can I relocate and get job in Canada, United Arab Emirate (UAE)? And many more, so why are Nigerians immigrating to another country?
There are several reasons, but here are top 10 reasons why Nigerians are relocating to USA, U.K and other countries
1) In furtherance of academic pursuit
Let’s call a spade a spade, Nigerian educational system isn’t encouraging if were to judge by its incessant strike action, poor facilities and frustration from the academic staff in the university community.
A news caster in one of state radio stations told a story of how he spent almost six years before he bagged a degree in English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). The story is the same in other Nigerian universities.
A Nigerian, who struggled and managed to scale through his first degree here might want to relocate to another country for his Masters in order to avoid the education abnormality.
There are thousands of Nigerians, who have immigrated to Canada, U.K, Australia, and Malaysia to further their education. Some of them apply for permanent residence before they completed their academic programmes.
Uche Metuch, a Nigerian who has been living in Canada since 2012, said he migrated to Canada because, “I wanted to get my Masters degree.”
To Uche, admission in foreign universities is basically on merit and whoever meets the requirements is given the opportunity irrespective of who you are.
“I wasn’t going to go back to my undergraduate school. What else would they teach me? I also wasn’t going to grovel to get other Nigerian universities to accept me.”
As a student in Canada and other countries, you are also given the privilege to work part time, which makes foreign university one of the top choices for Nigerian students.
when I graduated, Canada gave me a 3-year work permit, and before that was up, I had applied to become a permanent resident and it was approved, Uche said.
2) Job opportunities
The present administration is trying all it could to reduce the level of unemployment through N-power in Nigeria, but it does so by providing temporary jobs to its teeming youths, some of who had probably graduated for more than five years, without a sustainable job.
In Nigeria, students cant get a job, which makes Canadian, American, and Australian universities a good option, where they can study at their pace and earn from their part time job. Because of this, Nigerian students prefer to migrate to Canada to complete their studies.
In 2004, when I was on Industrial Training (IT) the family I was staying with later migrated to Canada, and before the end of 2008, two of the young girls, who were in SSS 3 here in Nigeria before migrating to Canada, had completed their University degrees and were already staying in their own apartments.
They were already living comfortably fine. Thats also possible in Nigeria, but within the political cronies. There are millions of Nigerians who come back from NYSC every year with nothing to fall back on.
I couldn’t get a job. Let me go hustle in another country
3) Poor and irregular salaries
The minimum wage in Nigeria is N18, 000, if that is divided by 30days it gives us N600 per day. Nigerian civil servants spend eight working hours in office. This means a typical Nigerian worker within the cadre of N18, 000 monthly salary earns N75 per hour, while lawmakers here earn what has been described as “politician jumbo pay.” A local government chairman, without a university degree, earns more than a university professor.
75 Nigerian Naira translates to $0.21USD per hour, while there are Nigerian migrants in Canada and Australia, who earns at least $8CAD/AUD per hour.
Isn’t that embarrassing?
Worst still, the poor remunerations are paid at will. In Osun State, south west Nigeria, for instance, workers have been earning half salary for more than two years. The half salary isn’t regular; sometimes previous salary is paid middle of another month or more. When workers threatened to embark on strike, the state governor Mr. Rauf Aregbesola threatened to sack them.
It’s that bad!
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That’s one of the reasons Nigerians are fleeing their own country for a greener pasture elsewhere (even in other African countries).
4) Nigeria doesn’t have working structure
This post isn’t meant to degrade Nigeria, but the system is structured in such a way that crooks do better than hardworking people, who believe in legitimacy.
According to Uche, he said he had met Nigerians in Canada who relocated because Nigeria is the land of cunning people. I can’t cope because I have no cunning bone in me
5) Hyper inflation in the cost of living
The cost of goods and services are going higher while there are no jobs, poor wages, and inconsistent salaries.
6) Unguaranteed Security
Security isn’t guaranteed in Nigeria. Its borders are porous. Nigeria shares land boundaries with Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north, all these borders are porous. Anyone can walk in and out any time, making Nigeria’s territory prone to invasion and other human hazards from foreign terrorist.
For instance, the February 19, 2018 Dapchi Girls abduction is an indication that Boko Haram is still very much around with us. There are armed groups and militias in the south south and other parts of the country.
Every country has its own peculiar problem, but the leadership must show the political will to proffering solution to any problem, a colleague, who completed a masters degree in a UK university said.
7) Basic infrastructure is lacking
Road network is poor. Millions of lives have been lost as result of road accidents emanating from bad roads. Power supply is epileptic; thousands of businesses have relocated to neighbouring countries like Ghana, South Africa and other African countries where there are better and reliable power supply. Several others have folded up because they couldn’t keep up with the cost of fuel to run their businesses.
Because of this, some Nigerians prefer to relocate to another country.
8) Poor medical facilities and faulty health care system
In a situation whereby a leader of a country travels overseas for medical treatment, what message is he passing across to its citizens and the entire world? It means he doesn’t believe in medical facility in Nigeria.
Monies meant for equipping government hospitals are either embezzled or mismanaged by the political class, who are close associates of the sitting president. Ministers, and top government officials travel to U.K, USA, Germany and other foreign counties for medical attention.
United States president uses his country’s medical facility; UK prime minister uses UK medical facilities, so also Australian and Canadian leaders.
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9) Inequality between the political class and the masses
More than 50% of Nigerian masses live in abject poverty, while her political class lives extravagantly, buying properties in UK, and siphoning more than what they spend to foreign accounts. There’s no sign that such act will stop soon.
Even with the equality, the political class continues to oppress the masses, who are helpless.
Wouldn’t you rather relocate to a country where you can have a breathing space?
10) Nigeria hardly allude hardwork
In Canada, Australia and other countries some immigrants believe that they can get value for their hard work, and get paid for the services they render.
Added to this is the exchange rate. Nigerian Naira has no value against most (virtually) all other international currencies: US dollar, Australian dollar, Pounds Sterling, Canadian dollar, even Ghanaian Cedi, The Gambian and some other African currencies are valuable than Nigerian Naira.
Some Nigerians immigrants only travel to work in other country with sole aim of making some cool cash and return home to exchange their dollars for Naira, which they use for investment. A Nigerian who returns home with $50,000 USD can comfortably start his own business and be an employer of labour.
“Fleeing Nigeria isn’t wrong. I just don’t want those of us who’ve fled to forget the plight of those we left behind,” Uche advised.
It’s your turn:
Only those who immigrated to another country know better the rationale behind their relocation, or why they flee Nigeria.
Are you reading this in Australia, South Africa, Botswana, United kingdom or China, tell us why you left Nigeria.
Also, if you’re planning to migrate to United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, or any other country? Share your views with us why you want to leave Nigeria for another country.