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UK holds the highest number of Nigerians in diaspora

Last updated on October 21st, 2023 at 01:04 am

As of the latest data provided by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), the United Kingdom takes the lead in hosting registered Nigerians in the Diaspora. The commission launched its Data Mapping and Registry Portal in Abuja on June 29, 2021, aiming to compile comprehensive and accurate information about Nigerians living abroad.

The portal has seen registrations from Nigerians in 28 different countries so far. While the total number of registered diasporas was not specified by the commission, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimated Nigeria’s Diaspora population to be 1.7 million in 2020.

Breaking down the data, NiDCOM revealed that the UK accounted for 22.5% of registered Nigerians, followed by the United States of America at 21.4%, and the United Arab Emirates at 5.4%.

Other countries included Qatar (4.8%), Canada (4.4%), South Africa (4.0%), Germany (2.5%), Saudi Arabia (2.3%), Italy (2.3%), Ghana (1.5%), Malaysia (1.1%), France (0.9%), Spain (0.9%), and Uganda (0.7%).

Australia, China, Benin Republic, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Philippines, Niger Republic, Ireland, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan each accounted for smaller percentages.

Abdulrahman Terab, the Head of Technology Transfer Innovation at NiDCOM, commented on the relatively low registration, explaining that many Diasporas are gradually gaining confidence in the country. Efforts are being made to encourage online registration during various programs, events, and activities organized for the Diaspora community.

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