Over the past five years, Nigeria has been a leading African source country of Canadian Students. In 2019, Nigeria was the 13th largest source country for Canadian Institutions overall. With this rank, it can be said that the interest of Nigerians in studying in Canada has been increasing. The blog would be based on 2015-2019 data as the data for 2020 and 2021 is not available yet.

   This blog post would feature;

Why Nigerians keep migrating to Canada for study purposes
Data of study permit applications
Data of study permit approvals
Hindrances to study permit approvals
What would the data for 2020 and 2021 hold "OUR OPINION"
Giving this insight, let's journey together;

WHY NIGERIANS KEEP MIGRATING TO CANADA FOR STUDY PURPOSES:

1. SAFER ENVIRONMENT TO STUDY:
      If you're a Nigerian conversant with the news of what goes on in the country, you'd agree with me that Nigeria has been a totally safe place to study in as the case of insecurity has been worsening each year. No one wants to be in school in the morning and in few hours be in a kidnappers den or be stuck in the middle of a riot. This said we can note that the case of insecurity is one of the reasons Nigerians study in Canada or abroad generally.

2. IMMIGRATION POLICIES:
     Compared to other countries, Canada's immigration policies has been more friendly and welcoming towards students and this can be attributed to why Nigerians consider Canada as a place of study. 

3. FEES AND COST OF LIVING: 
     Although school fees depends on the instution you go to and cost of living depends on the province you live in, they are both relatively affordable compared to other top countries people study in.

4. FRIENDLY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT:
      If you are a Nigerian student like me, you'd totally relate that some Nigerian lecturers are literally choking and can be discouraging some times. Even some Nigerian school policies can frustrate you.. Having these policies out of your way and having friendly lecturers can really boost your academic excellence. So when you have a place that offers such, why not go for it?

5. CANADIAN DEGREE:
      Canadian degrees are well respected in every part of the world and can give you a higher stance when searching for jobs. Also, after getting a degree in a Canadian instution, you can apply for the post graduate work permit program(PGWPP) that allows you work for three years after completing your schooling. 

All of these listed factors and more are reasons why the numbers of Nigerians migrating to keep increasing. On to the next;

DATA OF STUDY PERMIT APPLICATIONS

    As mentioned earlier, Nigerians applications for Canadian study permits experiences significant increase every year and it shows the growing interest of Nigerians in studying in Canada.
    In 2015-2019, the number of Nigerians applying for Canadian study permits roughly doubled and the 2019 figure has been the highest so far. In 2019, there was a significant increase of 52% as it rose to 18,220 from 11,983 in 2018. 

DATA OF STUDY PERMIT APPROVALS: 

     Despite higher application volumes, the number of approved study permits remains roughly in line with the previous four years.
    Study permit approval rate for Nigerian study remains well below average compared to other source countries. In 2019, 17.6% of study permits were approved for Nigerians compared to 60.1% for all other source markets. When compared to other source markets, it is very glaring. 

HINDRANCES TO APPROVAL OF STUDY PERMITS: 

      Although, there has been no official information about changes in policies for approval of study permits for Nigerians, we can still consider two factors as hindrances for approval of study permits;

 • Age
• Educational level

AGE: There is a strong negative correlation between an applicant's age and study permit approval rate for all source markets. This would affect Nigerians more and negatively as an average Nigerian wouldn't leave high school until the age of 18 years. Also, higher number of Nigerians tend to migrate for post-secondary degrees than primary and secondary school certificates.
    Using the 2019 figure, Nigerians under the age of 20 had approval rate of 44.1%, while students within the age 20-25 years had an approval rate of 14.6% and students over 25 years of age had even lower approval rate of 6.0%. It can be deduced that students under the age of 20 has an higher chance of getting a student permit than a student above 25 years.

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL:
     A higher number of Nigerian students go for post-secondary education than students from other source countries. Using the 2019 figures, 89.1% of all study permit applications from Nigerian students were from College and University students compared to 71.7% of all other source countries. Going for university degrees by as become a major priority for Nigerian students. 
     Study permit applications for College in 2019 made up 48.3% of all applications but dropped to 37.9% in 2019. In the same period, university level applications rose from 37.5% to 51.9%. This shows that there is higher approval rate for university applicants than it is for college applicants.

WHAT WOULD 2020 AND 2021 DATA HOLD "OUR OPINION":
 
    Following the fact that factors listed above as reasons why Nigerians keep migrating still stands and every other year there has been increase, there'd be an increase in applications for study permits for 2020 and 2021. In an initial 2020 data, it was perceived that Nigeria moved up one spot to become the second largest source country with the highest number of applicants. 

    Let's keep our fingers crossed but when the data for 2020 and 2021 is out, trust us to keep you updated.

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