By: Loft Immigration Services Inc

Reasons why Nigerians are moving to Canada by Africa Polling Institute

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 why Nigerians are moving 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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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the “Canada Rush”?
    • The “Canada Rush” refers to the significant increase in Nigerian immigrants moving to Canada, analyzed in the Africa Polling Institute’s study “Deconstructing the Canada Rush: Motivations for Nigeria Emigrating to Canada”.
  2. Why are Nigerians emigrating to Canada?
    • Nigerians are emigrating to Canada due to factors like Nigeria’s weak economy, increased insecurity, and lackadaisical governance, alongside favorable Canadian immigration policies.
  3. What are the main factors driving Nigerians to move to Canada?
    • The main factors include the quest for better career opportunities, heightened insecurity and violence in Nigeria, the desire to provide a better future for their children, further education, and the impact of a lackadaisical government.
  4. How do Canadian immigration policies affect Nigerian immigrants?
    • Canadian immigration policies are favorable and encourage well-educated and highly skilled Nigerians to migrate, offering a more reliable and stable environment for their socio-economic development.
  5. What percentage of Nigerians are moving to Canada for career opportunities?
    • About 75% of Nigerians cited the quest for better career opportunities as their reason for moving to Canada.
  6. How significant is insecurity in Nigeria’s emigration trend to Canada?
    • Insecurity and violence are significant factors, with 60% of Nigerians citing them as reasons for emigrating to Canada.
  7. What educational aspirations do Nigerians have when moving to Canada?
    • Forty percent (40%) of Nigerians mentioned further education as a key reason for their move to Canada, seeking better educational opportunities for themselves and their families.
  8. Does having a job offer from Alberta increase an Express Entry candidate’s chances of receiving an invitation from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)?
    • While a job offer from Alberta is not a necessity for selection through the AINP, it may give priority to candidates who have a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta, or those with a Canadian post-secondary degree and a valid job offer.
  9. What role does family already living in Canada play in the AINP selection process?
    • Having a parent, child, or sibling already living in Alberta can positively impact a candidate’s chances of receiving an invitation from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, as it’s one of the criteria that might give candidates priority.
  10. How can prospective immigrants get more information or assistance with their Canada visa application?
    • Prospective immigrants can get more information or assistance by booking a consultation call with our experienced and licensed immigration consultants.

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