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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2009

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