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Migration: The Long Road To Canada by uche87(m): 1:24pm On Aug 30, 2019
Ayokunle Oladimeji (not real name), 21, a best-graduating student of the Department of Economics at a popular tertiary institution located in the South-western part of Nigeria walks down the corridor of the Social Science Faculty wearing a long face on a very sunny day. He sweats profusely after sitting for hours in a crowded event hall that experienced embarrassing incidents of power outage. He had bagged several awards after finishing top of his class with a distinction. His grim expression on his day of glory wasn't far from his fear of his future despite his skills-set and excellent academic records.

"This certificate might not get me a good job. I have to relocate to Canada for greener pastures. I don't want to end up as a Yahoo Boy (internet fraudster) like most youths in my neighbourhood" he tells a news reporter during a parley.

It has become a norm for youths to return to the homes of their aged and possibly retired parents to feed on their meagre resources after higher education as a result of scarce economic opportunities in Nigeria.16 Nigerian youths died during stampedes while jostling for jobs in the Nigerian Immigration Service in 2014. The government agency had received 520,000 applications for just 4,556 job vacancies after paying a sum of N1,000 ($3) as application fee. Other agencies have also received similar loads of applications thereby prompting clandestine recruitment processes laced with prebendalism, favouritism and corruption.

Nigeria which is the most populous nation in Africa mirrors the major challenges of the continent. Nigeria produces over 500,000 tertiary institution graduates every year with just a small percent of the large figure securing jobs. 23 million Nigerians are presently unemployed, the GDP growth of the country according to the National Bureau of Statistics recently shrank from 2.4% to 2.01% in Q1, 2019 amid credible fears of a return to economic recession as experienced in 2016. Hundreds of companies are closing down relative to the speed they were established, food production has plummeted due to adverse weather conditions, coupled with insecurity and lack of adequate support from the government for farmers; balance of payment deficit, over-reliance on oil, dwindling currency value and gargantuan corruption at the corridors of power.

This myriad of challenges is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, Africa has a high level of poverty that it could conveniently export them across the countries of the world. According to The Brookings Institution, the average poverty rate for sub-Saharan Africa stands at about 41 percent, and of the world's 28 poorest countries, 27 are in sub-Saharan Africa all with a poverty rate above 30 percent. With the accelerated increase in population across Africa coupled with a high level of poverty, African youths seem to have lost their sense of belonging; there is a need for a new place they could call home.

Lawyer and human rights advocate, Bolanle Folawiyo has always argued on national Television that migration of youths in Africa to the Global North countries will never stop until the local economic hardships are attended to by governments in the continent.

“As a result of climate change, animals migrate from their natural habitats in search of food for survival and this is also applicable to human beings who will not hesitate to leave the immediate environment in search of greener pastures. So, in my own opinion, massive migration in Africa is a failure of successive administrations which have failed to tackle poverty” he emphasized.

According to the IOM and UNHCR estimates, around one million migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015 until 21, December 2015, three to four times more than in 2014. And 5 years later, the figures are still on the increase.
The latest choice of destination for Nigerian millennials is Canada through the Express Entry program and other streams which actually don't come cheap. The IELTS which is the Achilles heel of most Nigerians keeps gulping the scarce resources of candidates targeting competitive band scores.

The antidote to the 'epidemic' of indiscriminate or legal migration lies in the hands of African leaders who need to invest in human capital development and create opportunities for the growing populations.

Osayimwen Osahon George is a PhD student of the University of Ibadan.


Source: http://www.villagetowncrier.com/2019/08/ayokunleoladimeji-not-real-name-21-best.html

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by AccessME(m): 1:28pm On Aug 30, 2019
Canada is my dream Country! If u with me let me see ur likes

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by junanabranding3: 4:25pm On Aug 30, 2019
grin

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by MrCounselor: 4:25pm On Aug 30, 2019
OK even without having an embassy in Nigeria.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by B3sty: 4:26pm On Aug 30, 2019
No matter How Long it Takes to Get There, I (We) Shall Get There someday! Canada..., My Dream Country!
May God Bless Nigeria !!!

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by dann190: 4:26pm On Aug 30, 2019
Everyone wants what is best,Nigeria no be am...God Wii help us all

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Sunofgod(m): 4:26pm On Aug 30, 2019
Canada dey hustle Nigerians with fake hope.......I don't blame them.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Yorubabyblood: 4:26pm On Aug 30, 2019
grin

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by grindman004: 4:27pm On Aug 30, 2019
Canada is a decent country

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by ednut1(m): 4:27pm On Aug 30, 2019
In the 70s and 80s some people snubbed chances to go to usa and uk because they believed in nigeria . Today some of them dey regret. As for me and my unborn. Its canada or nothing

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Teejayphillip(m): 4:27pm On Aug 30, 2019
Now wey President Trump don craze finish now.... Nah to run go Canada remain now....

May God almighty heal our country Naija.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by helinues: 4:27pm On Aug 30, 2019
What majority of people don't know is Canada visa is hard to get compared to Us visa

Nnna heh, Canada Na better country to relocate to.. Upon their proximity to violents neighbours USA and Mexico , you can never read mass shootings or sort..

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Nobody: 4:27pm On Aug 30, 2019
AccessME:
Canada is my dream country
No be only you ooo.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Thinkfree(m): 4:27pm On Aug 30, 2019
A very nice country once I'm one with my skills acquisition I will be their

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by PureGoldh(m): 4:28pm On Aug 30, 2019
Beta...thats the Best option oh grin

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Tectono: 4:28pm On Aug 30, 2019
Nigerians, must you go to Canada to make it? The answer is no. You can live in Nigeria and export agricultural products to foreign countries and make millions of naira. Click on the link on my signature to know how you will go about it.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Ayoswit(f): 4:28pm On Aug 30, 2019
Even our leaders do not believe in the future of this country. undecided

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by careytommy37(m): 4:29pm On Aug 30, 2019
sco pa tu mana

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Thinkfree(m): 4:29pm On Aug 30, 2019
dann190:
Everyone wants what is best,Nigeria no be am...God Wii help us all
help us all to leave the country or help us all to meet our daily needs?

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Zi: 4:29pm On Aug 30, 2019
ednut1:
In the 70s and 80s some people snubbed chances to go to usa and uk because they believed in nigeria . Today some of them dey regret. As for me and my unborn. Its canada or nothing

True, my mum is a living example. Thank God for where I am today sha.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by donnie(m): 4:29pm On Aug 30, 2019
grin

Ignorance

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Dandsome: 4:29pm On Aug 30, 2019
If care is not taken, One day Nigeria will be empty

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by nwakibie3(m): 4:31pm On Aug 30, 2019
if you know what to do just to leave this sh1thole please dont hesitate to do so for the sake of your children

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Mizwisdom(f): 4:31pm On Aug 30, 2019
Nigeria is overpopulated, allow people to migrate in peace!!! this is not an issue because our population is too large already.

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Oduduwa707: 4:31pm On Aug 30, 2019
sad

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Re: Migration: The Long Road To Canada by Sirmuel1(m): 4:32pm On Aug 30, 2019
Home my Home, when shall I see my Home? embarassed

Nigeria is my Father's land, Canada is my Home! kiss

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