The British Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, Mrs Catriona Laing, has mentioned that the variety of Nigerians making use of for visas to the UK has elevated in latest instances.
Laing made the disclosure on Sunday in Abuja.
She famous, nonetheless, that the UK authorities was aware of the state of affairs and was in talks with the Nigerian authorities to keep away from inflicting brain-drain, particularly within the well being sector.
The excessive commissioner expressed her delight that the UK had develop into a horny vacation spot for Nigerians, particularly college students, including that the UK was able to welcome abilities.
“You realize, there may be clearly individuals of Nigerian origin within the UK.
“So, individuals wish to go the place they’ve household or the place they’ve buddies. Secondly, the English language clearly makes it so much simpler.
“Thirdly is the training; and individuals who have studied there’ll wish to return.
“And I feel you realize, we’re a welcoming nation and we wish to welcome abilities, whether or not it’s individuals coming to check, or individuals coming to work.
“So, numerous Nigerians might be tuned to the UK and we’ve got seen really a really huge enhance in requests for Nigerian scholar visas. That’s partly as a result of we’ve got modified our coverage.
“So it’s now simpler for Nigerians, college students to stay after their research.
“They will keep I feel as much as two years if in case you have completed a masters or a PhD, which is able to allow individuals to search for work after they’ve studied.
“We’ve labour scarcity within the UK in the meanwhile. However we’ve got to stability that as a result of we don’t additionally wish to be chargeable for an enormous mind drain from Nigeria since you additionally want proficient individuals.
“So the well being sector is an instance the place there may be numerous Nigerian medics, each nurses and medical doctors within the Nationwide Well being Service,” Laing mentioned.
Asylum seekers to Rwanda
Responding to why the UK is sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, Laing mentioned it was to boost migration in partnership with Rwanda.
“We’ve a coverage we’ve got designed, to boost migration in partnership with the federal government of Rwanda. However it’s really below authorized problem in the meanwhile.
“In order that is only one aspect of attempting to cope with what’s frankly an enormous downside.
“Such as you see within the information, every day, these boats are coming throughout the channel with migrants from many alternative nations, and it’s a large, large downside.
“As a result of once they arrived they’ve to search out lodging, it takes a very long time to course of their purposes.
“So we completely recognise there are numerous real refugees from nations like Syria.
“In Africa, it’s largely Eritrea, South Sudan; the people who find themselves fleeing horrible persecution.
“So the Rwanda coverage is only one element of many who we try to place in place to deal with this very difficult downside,” Laing mentioned. (NAN)