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NIGERIA: Canada Denies 1million Nigerian Migrant Demand Story

By Published April 22, 2019

The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria has debunk the story making the rounds on social media that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to send one million Nigerian immigrants to the North American country.

In a tweet shared on the official embassy twitter handle @CanHCNigeria, the embassy said “This particular story is FALSE, Nigerians are welcome to apply to immigrate to Canada” through the existing channels’’.

The source of the false story which had since been shared more than 3,000 times on social media is attributed to a Canadian CBTV media which seem to have picked the “one million” figure from the announcement in January that Canada wanted to add one million new permanent residents over the next three years.

The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker programme, which allows people with sought-after skills or work experience to immigrate to Canada, is very popular in Nigeria, especially among the middle class.

In Canada’s 2016 census, 42,430 people identified themselves as Nigerian immigrants, of whom almost half (20,630) lived in Ontario.

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