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Migration of Nigerians to Canada for Undergraduate Education: Implications of the Brain Drain for Development

  • Charles T. Adeyanju


This chapter examines the migration of Nigerians to Canada for undergraduate education. Based on interviews with Nigerian parents with wards in undergraduate programmes in Canada, Nigerians in undergraduate programmes in Canada, international student advisors, a high school teacher in Nigeria, and international student recruitment agents, it is found that Nigerians are attracted by Canadian higher institutions of learning because Canada offers a high quality of education unavailable in Nigerian public universities. Findings also show that most of the students intend to take up Canadian permanent residence upon graduation, based on the understanding that the status will enhance their life chances in the world. It is noted that the students’ decision to remain in Canada after graduation has implications for development.


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  • Charles T. Adeyanju
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology & AnthropologyUniversity of Prince Edward IslandCharlottetownCanada

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