Who will help us tell the UK Government?
That Nigerians currently migrating to the UK via the study route and those who had migrated in the past are not liabilities on the economy of the United Kingdom.
That a master’s student relocating with their dependent family bring an average of £25,000 to the country which helps rejuvenate UK struggling economy.
That the spouse of these students you want to stop from coming in haven’t been sleeping at home? Rather, they have been working multiple jobs, paying their taxes and contributing their fair share to the economy. Can the UK government tell the world how much it has generated from them via taxes since inception of this program.
A recent report by SBM Intelligence revealed that Nigerian students and their dependents contributed an estimated sum of £1.93 billion to the UK in 2021 alone. That amounts to N1.83 trillion. Should we begin to guess how much was contributed in 2022 and 2023?
They are not and have NEVER been a burden on the welfare system. You will hardly see any Nigerian relying or taking advantage of the welfare system; rather we work hard; sometimes keeping two or more jobs, pay a lot of taxes, which you use to feed your people, especially those who are perpetually living on your welfare system.
That Nigerians student and other international student pays x3 of what your local student pays for same course and beyond and have their great academic achievements to show for it. Nigerian students significantly contribute to the British economy. Through their tuition fees, accommodation expenses, and living costs, they inject Billions of pounds into the local economy each year. This influx of financial resources supports various sectors, including housing, retail, transportation, and tourism.
That 29 percent of Nigerian Americans aged 25 and plus, have a graduate degree, compared to 11 percent of the US population. Nigerians account for less than 1 percent of the black population in the United States, yet they make up n
early 25 percent of all Black students at Harvard Business School. We have more post-graduate degrees than any other racial or ethnic groups. This data is very similar to what we have in the UK.
You are not doing them a favour by allowing their dependant to come alongside while they are studying. Majority of them are in their 30s and 40s and running master’s programs. Are you trying to deny them of their fundamental right of being with their spouse? They need their spouse support to get by in a foreign country because it makes life more bearable. This is 2023 – You must stop this slave master mentality and treat them like customers who are patronising your business. The relationship between these set of migrants and the UK govt is symbiotic- you are both helping one another; the UK offers a better life, one that their country cannot provide while they are also bringing their life savings to rejuvenate and resuscitate your struggling economy. Also, don’t forget to tell the world you are using them to fill the work gap created after you chase away your European brothers through Brexit.
Stop this oppressive tendency.
Cease this threat!!
Babatunde Yusuf(Mapleby) writes
From Toronto Canada