Our guests on YMonitor quarterly show discussed the topic, Push factors: Keeping Nigerians in Nigeria. Ibijoke Faborode works with the British High commission in Nigeria and she is also widely travelled.
According to her, the current economic situation is not conducive for them. People want to go where they are valued, they want to go where they have certainty.. The business environment does not encourage citizens participation.
The topic was discussed against the backdrop of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
There is no doubt that there are push factors that aids migration out of Nigeria, which at the same time does not attract those that have left to turn back.
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It is even more devastating when we take a critical look at the composition or demography of those leaving, they are the middle class, young people, the highly skilled section of the population. This thus constitute a massive 21st century brain drain, which is quite unprecedented in recent times.
A recent research by FactTank states that nearly half (45%) of adults in Nigeria say they plan to move to another country within five years, which is by far the highest share among 12 countries surveyed across four continents. Also a research by Pew Research Centre last year found out that 74% of Nigerians would relocate to another country if given the chance. As of March, last year also, Nigeria had more pending refugee protection claims in Canada than any other country in the world, with precisely 11,629 pending asylum cases. These are staggering data, and on a daily basis Nigerians are moving out of the country in drove to resettle in other countries, possible location is the G8 countries and other countries in the world with greater opportunities, as little as relative security, and better infrastructure, and an economic environment that give people the opportunity to thrive