Immigration has always been a part of human history. And in the 21st century, Africans have been central to keeping this tradition alive.
According to Statista, more than 40 million people emigrated from the African continent alone in 2020. Most of these African immigrants were from East and North Africa, the report said.
That’s a lot of people leaving the motherland! And we can’t blame them, because most people leave in search of better economic opportunities and a better standard of living. According to a United Nations University study, economic inequality, political instability and climate change are some of the factors driving more Africans to immigrate.
Tips for successful immigration
As you no doubt know, immigration is not just about packing and leaving, especially in the 21st century. The decision to emigrate is a decision that requires a lot of thought and planning. Among these considerations are the following questions: What is the best route to emigrate? And to which country should I emigrate?
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 with you by introducing you to the 5 proven ways Africans can easily immigrate to Europe, North America and other desired destinations.
Below are the 5 proven ways Africans can easily immigrate to Canada, USA, UK, Australia, etc:
The academic path
This is a very viable option for young Africans specifically hoping to immigrate 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 graduation according to the immigration points system”.
There are several ways to walk this path. Firstly, you can start self-funding your studies in the UK or get a fully funded scholarship that doesn’t require you to return to your home country when you finish your studies. And after 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 attractive 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 path requires you to be skilled and able to work to make a significant contribution to the economy of the country you hope to immigrate to.
Countries such as UK, Canada, Australia and others are constantly looking for doctors, nurses, radiologists, IT professionals and other skilled workers. And that offers enormous opportunities for Africans. However, you must pass certain tests and meet other criteria before you can emigrate.
Also, keep in mind that companies with international operations (such as PwC, Ernst$Young, Nestlé, etc.) are known to periodically simplify the visa application process for some of their African employees. But this usually happens on the condition that said employees have been able to find work abroad.
The road to a permanent residence permit
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 with ease through this program.
According to the findings of Business Insider Africa, Canada’s PR program is led by a Canadian government department called Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, IRCC. IRCC “facilitates permanent residents’ access in a way that maximizes their economic, social and cultural contribution to Canada while protecting the health and safety of Canadians.”
To immigrate to Canada through the permanent residency route, you must pass the eligibility test. You can check the Canadian Immigration Office website for more information.
It is important to point out that Australia is also a permanent resident. You can learn more about the requirements for this by visiting the Australian Department of Immigration website.
The Husband Visa Route
This is perhaps the easiest way for some Africans to immigrate to Europe, America, Asia and elsewhere. You just need to fall in love and marry someone who already lives abroad. And there you go! You are on the right track…
After all, it may not be as easy as it seems. Each country has its own spouse visa requirements. So do the necessary first by falling in love and marrying the love of your life. Then find out the spouse visa requirements for the country where he or she resides.
The road to citizenship through investment
This option is usually preferred by wealthy Africans. As the name suggests, it basically involves obtaining the citizenship/passport of another country by investing in that country. Again, this trail is off-limits to most Africans. However, if you have the resources to explore it, why not!