Immigration to Canada is a popular choice for Nigerian middle class workers who are seeking a better future for themselves and especially for their children.
According to the Canadian government, Nigeria is now the fourth largest source country for immigration to Canada after #1 India, #2 China and #3 Philippines.
Since 2015, when the Express Entry Canadian immigration system was launched, the number of Nigerians immigrating to Canada as new permanent residents has tripled, reaching 12,595 in 2019.
The majority of Nigerians moving to Canada are middle class and university-educated professionals.
Many of these professionals had good jobs in Nigeria, but they are concerned about the political and economic situations in their country and they want their children to receive a high-quality education in Canada, which is the most educated country in the world.
There is ongoing political instability in northern Nigeria between Christians and Muslims, while there is violence and kidnappings from the Boko Haram in the Niger Delta region to the south of the country.
Canada, on the other hand, is a multicultural country (22% foreign-born) that is ranked as the #6 most peaceful country in the world in the 2020 Global Peace Index.
Although Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, Bloomberg reports (March 15, 2021) that Nigeria has the second highest unemployment rate in the world (a staggering 33 percent), while Canada has much lower unemployment and the Conference Board of Canada forecasts that the Canadian economy will grow by an amazing 5.8% in 2021 and a robust 4% during 2022.
Nigeria replaced India in 2018 as the world’s #1 country with the most people living in severe poverty, whereas Canada is one of the world’s most prosperous countries and has the 10th largest economy.
In fact, despite the economic disruptions resulting from protective lockdowns during the global pandemic, people living in Canada saw their wealth increase an average of 12% in 2020.
With all of the cash Canadians have available to spend, very low interest rates, and pent-up demand following the pandemic lockdowns, consumer spending is predicted to keep Canada’s economy booming during the foreseeable future.
As the economy creates more jobs in Canada and millions of Canadian workers retire this decade, the demand for skilled foreign workers from Nigeria and other countries is expected to remain strong.
In order to meet the growing demand for skilled workers, Canada’s government increased its goals for Canadian immigration to historic levels – 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 new immigrants in 2023.
Around 60% of these new Canadian permanent residents will be skilled foreign workers and their family members.
There are many fine schools in Nigeria, however, the country can’t compare with the high quality and low cost of a world-class education that is available to people living in Canada.
According to data from Statistics Canada, the children of immigrants who move to Canada perform as well or better than their Canadian-born peers after they have been living in Canada for only a few years, and the children of immigrants living in Canada are more likely (70 percent) to attend post-secondary education than children born in Canada (56 percent).
Furthermore, many Nigerian parents want their children to have career opportunities after they graduate from university – something that is doubtful in Nigeria, but is highly likely living in Canada.
The Pew Research Center conducted a poll in 2018 which found that 45% of adults living in Nigeria say they are planning to relocate to another country in five years or less; 55% of Nigerian adults have collected information about immigrating to another country; and 34% of Nigerian adults have saved money to make their move abroad.
According to the statistics, thousands of Nigerians will choose to move to Canada this year.
Not only do Nigerians want to move to Canada, but people from all over the world are seeking Canadian immigration as their #1 relocation choice.
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