According to NOIPolls, the larger proportion of Nigerians (61 per cent) surveyed affirmed they have a relative or friend living abroad. In further emphasis they explained that this is mostly true for Nigerians in the South-West (69 per cent), South-South (68 per cent) and South-East zones (63 per cent). However, NOI noted that this finding cannot be used to provide absolute figures on immigration. It suggests a high level of migration of Nigerians to foreign countries.
More findings showed that most respondents believe Nigerians living abroad are better off in foreign countries with regards to economic opportunities (66 per cent), financial stability (66 per cent) and living conditions (63 per cent); and worse off in terms of social interactions. However, NOIPolls pointed out that there were variations in these perceptions by continents; for instance, while all respondents (100 per cent) who have relatives/friends living in Australia and South America perceive the living conditions of Nigerians to be better in foreign countries, slightly more than half of the respondents who have relatives/friends in Africa share this same perception.
Also, while 84 percent of the respondents (accounting for the largest proportion) who have relatives/friends in Asia believe Nigerians abroad are better in terms of financial stability, 62 percent (representing the least proportion) of respondents who have relatives in North America share this same perception.
Furthermore, most Nigerians (74 percent) are aware of the recent attacks on foreigners in South Africa and to this effect, majority (35 percent) suggest the Federal Government should ‘advise citizens to come back home’. Another proportion recommend a ‘diplomatic dialogue’ (25 percent) between both countries in order to secure Nigerians living in South Africa. Moreover 17 percent believe a long term strategy among other suggestion, such as ‘employment creation’ in Nigeria would reduce the migration of Nigerians to South Africa. These are the key findings from the Migration poll conducted in the week of April 27th 2015.