Japa: Nigerian Youths Flood Foreign Embassies As Economic Hardship Bites Harder

Japa: Nigerian Youths Flood Foreign Embassies As Economic Hardship Bites Harder

The harsh economic conditions in Nigeria, exacerbated by policies implemented under President Bola Tinubu, have driven a surge in the number of Nigerians desperately seeking to leave the country.

The phenomenon, known locally as ‘Japa’, reflects the frustration of the youth amid economic hardship, inflation, and insecurity.

The desperation to escape the economic challenges has significantly increased visa applications at foreign embassies, particularly in Europe and North America.

The trend is attributed to the unprecedented rate at which people have been leaving Nigeria in the last seven years, as hunger, insecurity, and poor purchasing power grip the nation.

President Tinubu’s policies, including the removal of fuel subsidies and the floating of the Nigerian currency, have contributed to rapid inflation, impacting citizens’ daily lives.

The consequences of these policies have driven thousands of Nigerians to seek opportunities abroad, with Canada being a preferred destination due to perceived less stringent conditions and the country’s focus on attracting skilled immigrants.

A notable increase in emigration has been observed in the last seven months of the Tinubu administration, with reports of Nigerians relocating to countries such as Canada, the UK, Belgium, Turkey, and even more obscure destinations like Cambodia in Asia.

The deteriorating economic situation and concerns about the future have fueled the desire among the youth to leave the country.

Nigerians expressing their frustrations highlight the lack of hope in the current situation, citing joblessness, high costs of living, inflation, and growing insecurity.

Protests have erupted in various parts of the country, with organized labour threatening strikes over the economic downturn.

President Tinubu’s decision to remove subsidies on petroleum products, leading to a nearly 300 per cent increase in fuel prices, has contributed to the worsening economic conditions, prompting a wave of discontent and encouraging many to seek refuge in other countries.

The impact on the streets of Nigeria, marked by insecurity, kidnapping, and terrorism, has further intensified the desire among citizens to find better prospects abroad.

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