Japa: ‘No More UK’, Report Reveals 2 Oyinbo Countries Nigerian Students are Now Applying to

Japa: ‘No More UK’, Report Reveals 2 Oyinbo Countries Nigerian Students are Now Applying to

  • The 'Japa' fever is still alive in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, and a lot of young citizens are leaving the country
  • Despite the trend, most universities in the United Kingdom (UK) have been experiencing reduced admissions from international students, including Nigerians, following the dependant visa ban policy of the British government
  • A report revealed that Nigerians have turned to Canada in North America and Australia in the Oceania continent

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering basic and tertiary education in Nigeria and worldwide

London, United Kingdom - A report by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), Annual Membership Survey, has revealed that foreign students have turned to Canadian and Australian universities.

The report said these two countries are presently migrant-friendly destinations, Vanguard reported on Friday, November 17.

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According to a report by the African Polling Institute in 2021, seven in 10 Nigerians would be willing to go abroad if they had the resources. Photo credit: Klaus Vedfelt
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Visa ban: Nigerians shun UK

In addition, the report stated that the number of international students seeking admission to study Master in Business Administration (MBA) in the United Kingdom (UK) has reduced in number — especially from Nigerians and Chinese.

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Affected by the dependant visa restriction policy earlier in 2023, the CABS' report disclosed that Nigerians and Chinese have reduced their admissions to British universities.

It would be recalled that in May 2023, the British government announced that international students would be prevented from bringing dependants with them starting from January 2024 (unless students are in postgraduate programmes with a research focus).

The CABS' report partly reads:

“The most frequently cited countries for declining enrolments were China and Nigeria, which could suggest a reversal in the growth in recruitment from these key countries in recent years.”

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Japa: Lecturer talks up Africa's economic opportunities

In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that Dr. Isa Olalekan Elegbede, a lecturer at the Department of Fisheries, Lagos State University (LASU), said while a lot of Africans are migrating overseas, “Europeans are coming in hordes to Africa”.

Elegbede urged Nigerians to “begin to have conversations around the economic opportunities in Africa”.

"Start applying for US visa": Prophet Boma

Legit.ng also reported that Prophet Abel Tamunominabo Boma said he sees the United States of America (USA) “giving Nigerians a lot of visas”.

Prophet Boma stated that the US will “bypass” several visa appointment wait times for Nigerians.

Source: Legit.ng

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