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|Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by QuinModah(f): 4:16pm On Nov 02, 2022
Last Friday, I hugged one of my most impressive colleagues goodbye. He turned away, sobbing. I turned away with voice quaking, realizing what a big loss he would be.
Later that evening, I had another get-together with a second friend who relocates this week. While discussing his massive expense, he suddenly slouched in his chair, stressfully squeezed the empty ragolis bottle in his hands and concluded:
"Oremi, this relocation has cost me almost everything"
"You don’t want to know!" He further sighed "You don’t."
Today, with the help and data from three (3) relocating friends, I compile the rough cost (below) for prospective relocating families (focus on UK) and a poem for my friend and Nigeria:
Cost of Japa from Nigeria for a family of 4= 180k
Renewal of Passport
Official rate 22k
Accelerated rate 45k
Some pay as high as 75k
Usually, one parent is a student
30-45k for school runs
25-30k to send
Estimated Tuition fee deposit
4.5m most schools want 50% deposit
Proof of fund (In deposit)
Family of 4 need 25m in deposited in an accoun 2-3 months
UK Visa 1.4m
Family of 4 pay 475-pound sterling
Family of 4 pay 875-pound sterling
Flight ticket 2.8m
Depending on booking
700k person x4
Some have booked as high as 1.2m
Arrival Accommodation 4.4m
1st Month shortlet 200-pound sterling per week
refundable deposit of 250 pound
First 6 months at 750 pounds
Total Cost 19m for family of four to UK not Canada or US. It can be cheaper or more
Oremi, I hope we meet again,
as you japa to find fresh grain,
to return if Nigeria again reigns?
God, will any leader ever end this drain?
But prayers will be in vain,
if in 2023, unwisely we vote again.
God bless everyone who has relocated. God bless everyone staying behind. God bless #Nigeria.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Pojomojo: 4:25pm On Nov 02, 2022
Team JAPA are among the lazy and irrational citizens. I wonder why many don’t think of the reason why they found themeselves to be citizens of Nigeria.
JAPA mentality IMO you have no plan to influence your nation or your society, it appears you’re not in tune with the purpose of your existence but only focused on your personal interest.
We’ve been lied to that life is what we felt it is when actually it’s extremely the opposite of what we’ve been told.
Don’t be surprised that citizens of civilized countries are tied of their country just as we’re tied too. Strict laws we don’t follow here, you’ll get there and comport yourself meanwhile, their citizens are tied of such laws cause they know some countries are lawless.
Wow, humanity on the run to nowhere when nothing is chasing them but themselves and they lament it’s life.
This money for relocation is enough to set up a micro enterprise to meet the fast growing population in Nigeria / Neighboring African country, with a plan for upgrade of the business as the cash flow increases. There is no free launch any where in the world. Africa has a lot of gap and opportunities to be filled and harnessed. All the same relocation is good with respective individual evaluation of the opportunities and risk.
For every thing in life, there is time and season for every one, so it is always good to get prepared for the opportunities.
My advise is that individual should relocate on personal reasons and not because your close friend or family member has travelled to the UK or Canada, The case varies and individual potentials, opportunities and luck varies.
A family of 4 that have truly "Japa" to the UK knows your total initial cost is highly exaggerated for the popular one-year masters.
1. School fees can be paid at an official rate (less than 500 nairas) and some schools require a 2k or 5k pounds deposit. This drops the tuition deposit to about 1m to 2.5m. If I assume a 5k deposit, it saves 2m nairas compared to yours.
2. For proof of funds (in interest), you need tuition balance + living expenses. Most school tuition is less than 13,000 pounds, and there are schools with less than 10000 pounds tuition. If you deposit 5000 pounds (2.5m nairas) for a 13,000-pound school, you will need about 8000 pounds (4m nairas) more for the tuition balance. You will also need 29,000 pounds for living expenses for a family of 4 outside London. (29,000+8000) pounds= 37,000 pounds (about 17.5m naira). At 3.5% interest, 17.5m naira will yield 612,500 naira. Saves about 1.9 million nairas compared to yours.
All the best.!
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by zed7: 7:25pm On Nov 02, 2022
I always tell people that japa is not for the poor. It's the middle class that can actually afford to relocate. Right now it's all about herd mentality. Many are like a bull going to the slaughter house. No concrete plan.
I actually wish them goodluck. They will sweat and grind for every penny. Nothing is given freely.
Whilst I know the country failed them, I also know that this is second slavery. The West don't need guns and mirrors anymore, they just need to dangle visas and tweak their policies a little and our best hands will run and go slaving for them, whilst their citizens idle away and enjoy the fruit of our peoples hardwork. Just like the days of old.
The West got this advanced with the sweat of Africans and other less developed nations. They're still doing same till date. It's pathetic.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by stacyadams: 9:38pm On Nov 02, 2022
Any how una wan twist the grammar, until African leaders wake up and fix them countries.. Then any body is free to japa if you have the money......Nigeria failed us.we can continue voting in the wrong people...
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Mindlog: 9:49pm On Nov 02, 2022
Love the poem.
It makes no sense the entire family travelling at the same time as many thought they would gat accomodation easily upon arrival, only to find themselves staying in an Airbnb for some weeks.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Hamachi(f): 8:21am On Nov 03, 2022
So, you are not moving for greener pastures?
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by zed7: 8:40am On Nov 03, 2022
Hamachi:What is your definition of greener pastures?
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by ecolime(m): 8:45am On Nov 03, 2022
@OP: You copied this content directly from LinkedIn. You could do well to acknowledge the writer.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Hamachi(f): 11:19am On Nov 03, 2022
This one way you dey na greener pasture. No light, No good road, you travel by road or even, you get kidnapped by bandit
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Pojomojo: 5:05pm On Nov 30, 2022
|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Octopusssy(f): 7:58am On Dec 01, 2022
The mind boggles.
For the 'invest the money in business' crew, just know that the Nigerian business environment is VERY hostile. Many businesses are folding up so there is no guarantee that the business will thrive if he should 'start a business'.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Brendaniel: 9:12am On Dec 01, 2022
Opportunity has come for people to vote rightly in 2023, when I saw 4+4 in 2019 for Buhari and he won, I told everyone around me that people should braze themselves, 2023 is around now some people are shouting Jagaban and Atiku, I'm praying they won't make mistake by voting them in.
The whites during slave strade spent money to take people out of Africa to work, now Africans spend their money to get there to work - Vote wisely
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by franchasng: 9:12am On Dec 01, 2022
The most unfortunate thing is that majority of the people running away from Nigeria as a result of failed government of Buhari and APC are still planning to vote APC before they leave, and even deceiving their family and friends that a walking dead man with too many scandals (age, names, parenthood, state of origin, educational background, source of wealth) is the right person to correct the humongous mistakes of APC government of today
Any Nigerian planning to japa and still supporting APC to remain in power beyond June 2023, my sincere prayer for you is that whichever country you are migrating to, may you and your family witness the same progress Nigerians in Nigeria are witnessing under APC. May the forces of nature serve you the same good leadership Buhari and APC served Nigerians in that new country you are running to
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Triangles1(m): 9:12am On Dec 01, 2022
People always get this wrong, if you don't have certificate or hand work don't go abroad except you want to park snow or work in mortuary.
Nigeria no too hard to make it if you believe, poverty is a state of mind.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by ayusco85(m): 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Nobody: 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
Ya’ll should stop preaching nonsense under every immigration thread about using the POF to do something in Nigeria. People migrate for different reasons. Nigerians don’t even migrate the way Chinese or Indians do. Yet, you hardly see people trying to make them feel they made an irrational decision to leave their country. But Nigerians are quick to write a long epistle of why investing or staying in Nigeria is better as if they care about the people JAPA-ing. Not sure if it’s jealousy or I too know syndrome
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Itohanmiwa: 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
All of una wen Dey japa we go tax una big big when una Dey return back.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by crood: 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
only 20k can finally change my life
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Nobody: 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
There is no special reason why you are a Nigerian. Immigration is as old as man.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by MrBONE2(m): 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Houseofglam7(f): 9:13am On Dec 01, 2022
|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by FARA4GA: 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by yesloaded: 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
We go dey alright
|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by eedimo(m): 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
Stay back and make more money.
The wealthiest Nigerians all made their Money here... Na inside Lagos them still dey struggle for space.
We die here
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Dollywood(m): 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
I'll be something; I'll leave a mark as a legend before dying—Mark my words!
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by TOPCRUISE(m): 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
There is always a cost benefit analysis to everything. All about this thread is just the cost analysis.
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by Jeezuzpick(m): 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
Check the bolded.
₦25 m abi ₦2.5m?
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|Re: Japa Story: The Cost Of Relocating To The UK With Family by seeyounow: 9:14am On Dec 01, 2022
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