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Reasons why Nigerians are moving to Canada by Africa Polling Institute.

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With the need to decipher the causal factors behind the increased level of the Canadian Immigration trajectory from Africa (most especially Nigeria), Africa Polling Institute has released the result of its recent study report titled “Deconstructing the Canada Rush: Motivations for Nigeria Emigrating to Canada”.

Now, the #CanadaRush Study conclusively identified some major causal factors as the triggers of these immigrations. With factors from Nigeria’s weak economy, to an increase in the level of insecurity and lackadaisical governance as the key “hit factors” impelling the current trend of Nigerians seeking migration opportunities to Canada.

Also, we can identify favorable Canadian Immigration policies as a constitutive key determinant attracting prospective migrants. We cannot overlook that the skyrocketing level of emigrating to Canada has taken a new dimension concerning the kind of Nigerians applying to Canada via the various immigration programs. We can also totally agree that immigrants who make it across to Canada are overly skilled, financially buoyant, well educated and the upwardly group of individuals who make up the middle-class hierarchical classification of the Nigerian economy.

It is quite undoubtedly that with a continuous exit of the “Elite Class” of Nigerians, there would be a drastic significant effect on the country’s national development, as well as its social, economic and political wellbeing as a nation.

Now with the aid of the African Polling Institute research, we can conclusively agree that the top 5 influencing factors for Nigerians seeking migration opportunities to Canada are:

  • The Quest for better career opportunities (75%).
  • Heightened Insecurity and violence (60%).
  • The desire to provide a better future for their children (53%).
  • Further Education (40%) and
  • A Lackadaisical government in Nigeria (35%).

Also, other relatively fewer respondents identified the search for business prospects (12%), family reunification (3%) and the weather (1%) as less important driving factors for their intention or decision to migrate.

Simply put, the API survey expresses that the “Canada Rush” is triggered by the apparent weak Nigerian Economy, coupled with the rise in widespread insecurity in the country. With this in mind, it is safe to conclude that Nigerians do not emigrate to Canada because they want to, but because they do not believe Nigeria can provide future career opportunities and national security.

Whereas, Canada, on the other hand, has proven more reliable and constant in creating immigration policies that encourage well-educated and highly skilled Nigerians to migrate.

Now, Canada has over the years proven to be a dependable economy with great governance, economic growth, and development, which can provide the basic socio-economic amenities needed to live a better life.

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Also for interested candidates in Canada, you can visit our Canadian Office address: 226 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4S 1E2, For Candidates in Nigeria, you can visit our Nigerian office address at First Floor Dominion Plaza, Igbo Efon, Lekki Lagos.

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