By Lucy Adautin
British Columbia, a Canadian province, has banned tertiary institutions from admitting Nigerians and international students for the next two years.
Federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller disclosed this recently in a statement on Tuesday, saying this measure aims to decrease new student visa issuance by 35 per cent for the current year as the province addresses “exploitative practices” within the system.
The Premier of British Columbia, David Eby, emphasized the need of addressing issues within the international education system, recognizing its pivotal role in the province’s social and economic framework.
“There are a wide array of private institutions, big and small, in our province, but regardless of the institution’s size, our expectations of the level of quality are the same.
“There are institutions that are not meeting our expectations right now,” he said.
Heritage HT gathered that in the first half of 2023, nearly 18,000 study permits were granted to Nigerians in Canada, surpassing all other countries except India.
Over the years, Nigeria has been hit with a massive exodus of young people relocating abroad to seek greener pastures.
Canada has become a choice relocation destination for many Nigerians, the disturbing situation which as been termed: ‘Japa Syndrome’.