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Top 10 reasons Nigerian youths migrate, ‘japa’, to Western countries



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The report of the United Kingdom’s plan to introduce restrictions that will stop Nigerian students, and other nationalities studying in the country from bringing their families over has generated lots of controversy online.

Suella Braverman, secretary of state for the home department, said the move was necessary to protect the UK economy.

“The UK is a top destination for the brightest students to learn at some of the world’s best universities. But we have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of student dependents being brought into the country with visas,” Braverman said.

“It is time for us to tighten up this route to ensure we can cut migration numbers and meet the government’s pledge to the British people to cut net migration. This is the fair thing to do to allow us to better protect our public services, while supporting the economy by allowing the students who contribute the most to keep coming here.”

A Nigerian Youtuber, Emdee Tiamiyu, who specialises in helping Nigerians relocate to the United Kingdom, claimed that Nigerians migrating to the UK use schooling as a ploy to gain entry into the country.

Other Nigerians have a different view of the matter:

However as summed up by investigative journalist Fisayo Soyombo, this is “is yet another reminder that there is nothing better than building our own country.”

Here are some reasons young and hardworking Nigerians migrate to Western countries in a trend known as “Japa”.

1. Economic opportunity

Lack of economic opportunity in Nigeria is a major driver of youth migration.

2. Unemployment

The unemployment rate in Nigeria is also very high, especially among young people. In 2022, the unemployment rate was 33.3%.

This lack of job opportunities makes it difficult for young people to support themselves and their families, and can lead to frustration and desperation.

3. Political instability

Nigeria has a long history of political instability, which has created an atmosphere of insecurity and uncertainty. This can make it difficult for young people to plan for the future and can lead to a desire to escape the country.

4. Religious violence

Nigeria is a religiously diverse country, and there has been a rise in religious violence in recent years. This violence has created a climate of fear and insecurity, and can make it difficult for young people to live safely and freely.

5. Gender inequality

Nigeria is a patriarchal society, and women and girls face discrimination in many areas of life. This discrimination can make it difficult for women and girls to access education, employment, and other opportunities, and can lead to a desire to leave the country.

6. Climate change

Climate change is having a devastating impact on Nigeria, with more frequent and severe droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events.

These events have displaced millions of people and made it difficult for people to make a living.

7. Education

Many Nigerian youths migrate to foreign countries to pursue higher education. Nigeria has a number of good universities, but they are often overcrowded and underfunded.

This can make it difficult for students to get the education they need to succeed.

8. Family reunification

Many Nigerian youths migrate to foreign countries to join family members who have already settled there.

Nigerians value family culture and usually want to stick together to help each other.

9. Adventure

Some Nigerian youths migrate to foreign countries simply for the adventure of it. They want to experience new cultures, meet new people, and see new places.

10. A better future

Many Nigerian youths migrate to foreign countries in the hope of a better future.

They want to have better opportunities for education, employment, and a better quality of life.


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