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Insecurity and other factors fueling migration of Nigerians

Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday careworn that financial instability, safety considerations and poor residing requirements are the main causes of the rising migration of Nigerians overseas.

Dabiri-Erewa said this throughout a press convention forward of the celebration of Nationwide Diaspora Day 2024 on July 25 in Abuja.

She famous that the theme for this 12 months’s Nationwide Diaspora Day, “Japa Phenomena and its Implications for Nationwide Growth,” mirrored rising considerations in regards to the demographic group most affected by this migration: Nigeria’s youth.

“Elements resembling financial instability, safety considerations and insufficient residing requirements are extremely cited among the many causes for the exodus of Nigerians overseas.

“The consequence of this phenomenon is the decline in robust human assets as most Nigerians who’re migrating are younger individuals. This in flip is inflicting a downward spiral in labour and productiveness within the nation,” Dabiri-Erewa stated.

Regardless of these challenges, Dabiri-Erewa known as for a unique perspective and urged Nigerians to see the constructive aspect of the state of affairs.

“We have to flip our lemons into lemonade. At the moment we’re altering the narrative by celebrating these vibrant Nigerians who’re making a constructive affect within the diaspora and making the nation very proud.

“Additionally those that, whereas overseas, make a constructive contribution to nationwide growth,” the NiDCOM boss famous.

Dabiri-Erewa supplied an replace on the problems dealing with Nigerian college students at Teesside College within the UK.

“The college has give you a extra compassionate fee technique. The scholars are going to pay their tuition. It’s not charity, however they’ve give you methods that may be just a little extra handy.

“Those that have been near finishing their funds and needed to go away agreed that they might pay their tuition charges however wouldn’t obtain their certificates till they accomplished their fee,” she defined.

The NiDCOM boss additionally indicated that Teesside College was not the one establishment affected; many different universities have Nigerian college students dealing with comparable issues.

“We’re working intently with the scholar organisations within the UK and the Nigerian mission to deal with these challenges,” she added.

The time period ‘japa’, derived from the Yoruba phrases ‘ja’ and ‘pa’, which means ‘to liberate’, has been adopted into Nigerian slang for shifting overseas looking for higher alternatives.

Regardless of the challenges confronted by emigrants, resembling racism, paperwork, corruption and loneliness, the enchantment of ‘japa’ stays robust.

This migration development is seen in varied sectors in Nigeria together with healthcare, info know-how, banking and schooling.

The 2024 World Migration Report discovered that 402,186 Nigerians moved to the USA and 205,773 to the UK.

As well as, greater than 169,600 Nigerians moved to Cameroon, 154,739 to Niger and 103,462 others to Italy.

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