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“Immigration Cultism” and Nigerian Migrants: Tidal Dynamism in the Age of Globalization

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A lot of Nigerians travel abroad without really knowing the truth or the extent of the challenges inherent in the destination countries. Sometimes, this information is intentionally withheld for various reasons by recent immigrants in those countries even as they portray unrealistic pictures to people back home. This is metaphorically referred to as Immigration Cultism in this chapter. Consequently, Nigerians rank among the most traveled in the world. However, a significant proportion of visa applications in the country are refused while part of those granted short stay ended up overstaying their visas, thus becoming illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants constitute a huge structural burden on the host countries while the backlash on the country of origin can be worrisome. Relying on the author's personal contacts, informal interviews, observations, and secondary data, this chapter documents, coordinates, and analyzes the experiences of potential migrants, migrants in the United Kingdom, and returnees.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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  • Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System
    This book highlights global asymmetries by interfacing the notion of "one world" or "flat world" with the challenges thrown up by transnational migration, brain drain, citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, religion and ethnicity. It presents researches and discourses on globalization across disciplines and across regions, and fosters ongoing inquiry into important assumptions, beliefs and perspectives about the implications of globalization for Africa and Africans. Through illuminating narratives and copious explanations, this book assists readers to make sense of globalization and the position of Africa and Africans in it.
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