Immigration has always been a part of human history. And in the 21st century, Africans have played a major role in keeping this tradition alive.
According to Statista, more than 40 million people came from the African continent in 2020 alone. Most of these African immigrants came from East and North Africa, the report said.
There are many people who have left the motherland! And we cannot blame them, as most people leave in search of better economic opportunities and a better standard of living. According to a study by the United Nations University, economic inequality, political instability and climate change are among the factors that are driving more Africans to immigrate.
Tips for Successful Immigration
As you surely know, immigration is not just about packing and leaving, especially in the 21st century. The decision to immigrate is a decision that requires a lot of thought and planning. Among these considerations are the following questions: What is the best route to immigration? And which country should I immigrate to?
We know that some of our readers are among those who are currently considering and planning to immigrate. We also understand that this stage can be very confusing and difficult. That’s why we decided to share some useful information by introducing you to 5 proven ways Africans can easily migrate to Europe, North America and other desired destinations.
Below are 5 proven ways for Africans to migrate to Canada, USA, UK, Australia etc with ease:
This is a very viable option for young Africans looking to immigrate especially to the UK. According to information available on the UK Home Office website, “the university route enables the UK to retain the brightest and best international students to contribute to society and the economy after their studies under the immigration point system”.
There are many ways to go down this path. Firstly, you can start your studies in the UK by self-financing or getting a fully funded scholarship that does not require you to return to your home country after completing your studies. And once you get your visa and fly to the rest of the country, it’s up to you to study hard and get really good grades to be desirable to employers.
Another easy way for many Africans to immigrate to other parts of the world is through the skilled labor route. As the name suggests, this route requires you to be skilled and able to work to make a significant contribution to the economy of the country in which you expect to be an immigrant.
Countries like UK, Canada, Australia and others are constantly looking for doctors, nurses, radiologists, IT professionals and other skilled workers. And it offers immense opportunities for Africans. However, you will need to pass certain tests and meet other criteria before you can immigrate.
Also note that companies with international operations (such as PwC, Ernst $Young, Nestlé, etc.) have been known to simplify the visa application process for some of their African employees from time to time. But this is usually done on the condition that the employees have got employment abroad.
permanent residence route
Chances are you’ve heard of Canada’s permanent residency program before. Many people from all over the world including Africans have been able to immigrate to this North American country easily through this program.
According to Business Insider Africa findings, Canada’s PR program is run by a Canadian government department called Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, IRCC. The IRCC “facilitates the entry of permanent residents in a way that maximizes their economic, social and cultural contributions to Canada while protecting the health and safety of Canada.”
To immigrate to Canada via the permanent residence route, you must pass an acceptance test. You can visit the Canadian Immigration Office website for more information.
It is important to point out that Australia also has permanent residency. You can find out about the requirements for this by visiting the Australian Department of Immigration website.
spouse visa route
This is perhaps the easiest way for some Africans to immigrate to Europe, America, Asia and elsewhere. All you have to do is fall in love and marry someone who already lives abroad. And there you go! You are on a good track…
After all, it may not be as easy as it seems. Each country has its own spouse visa requirements. So do what is necessary by falling in love first and marrying the love of your life. Next, find out about the spouse’s visa requirements for the country in which he or she resides.
Path to Citizenship by Investment
This option is mostly preferred by wealthy Africans. As the name suggests, it basically involves getting citizenship/passport of another country by investing in that country. Again, this route is not accessible to most Africans. However, if you have the means to find out, why not!
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