UK Claims the Lead
In an intriguing revelation, the United Kingdom emerges as the prime destination for registered Nigerians in the Diaspora, as unveiled by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM). This assertion comes as part of an effort to consolidate a comprehensive and pragmatic database of the global Nigerian diaspora.
Mapping the Diaspora
On June 29, 2021, NiDCOM unveiled its groundbreaking Data Mapping and Registry Portal in Abuja, a strategic move aimed at collating accurate and holistic data on Nigerians residing abroad. This innovative step seeks to empower the diaspora community while offering insights into their dispersal across the globe.
The recently released data, shared with our correspondent, highlights the dynamic involvement of diasporas from 28 countries who have already registered on the portal. Although an exact count of registered diasporas is not provided by the commission, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs pegged Nigeria’s diaspora population at a staggering 1.7 million in 2020.
As the statistical tapestry unfurls, a distinct pattern emerges, showcasing the dispersal of registered Nigerians across various nations:
Leading the Pack: The United Kingdom takes the lead, with an impressive 22.5 percent of registered Nigerians situated within its borders. This is closely followed by the United States of America at 21.4 percent and the United Arab Emirates at 5.4 percent, illustrating the broad global footprint of the Nigerian diaspora.
Global Network: The data canvas further depicts the diverse geographical spread of Nigerians in the diaspora, with registrations spanning countries like Qatar (4.8 percent), Canada (4.4 percent), South Africa (4.0 percent), Germany (2.5 percent), Saudi Arabia (2.3 percent), Italy (2.3 percent), and beyond. This mosaic of registrations underscores the interconnectedness of the Nigerian community across continents.
Pathway to Confidence: The road to comprehensive registration has had its share of challenges. Abdulrahman Terab, the Head of Technology Transfer Innovation at NiDCOM, noted that many diasporas are in the process of gaining confidence in their connection to Nigeria. The commission strives to facilitate online registrations during its various programs and events, bridging the gap between the homeland and those scattered across the world.
As NiDCOM’s data-driven narrative continues to evolve, it casts a spotlight on the intricate tapestry of the Nigerian diaspora, weaving together stories of connection, aspiration, and determination that span the globe.