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How Nigerian Student Population In UK Schools Soars From 20,000 To 127,000 In 3 Years- British Envoy

……..students and other immigrants in 2022, Nigerians alone received 325,000 visas.

By Adebiyi Adebisi:

According to Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, there has been a significant increase in the number of Nigerian students studying in universities in the United Kingdom. Over a period of three years, the figure has risen from 20,000 to 127,000.

Montgomery further shared that out of the total of 3 million visas issued for international students and other immigrants in 2022, Nigerians alone received 325,000 visas.

While explaining and defending the new policy implemented by the UK government to restrict foreign student visas, the ambassador emphasized that it was designed to effectively manage the strain on social services caused by the influx of international scholars.

“Three years ago, there were 20,000 Nigerian students in British higher education institutions, and last year, the number increased to 127,000,” Montgomery said.

“So, we had a five-fold increase in the number of students from Nigeria coming to UK universities.

“We are delighted that UK universities continue to attract the best and brightest from Nigeria.”

The envoy stated that, in 2022, “the UK granted three million new UK visas of various types, including students and other visitors.”

He added, “Nigerians alone received 325,000 of those three million visas.

“So more than 10 per cent of the visas from the UK are to Nigerian citizens which is fantastic.

“It goes back to the fact that the UK and Nigeria have strong people-to-people links.”

“The policy change is about people who are doing non-research degrees coming to the UK as undergraduates, or for a one-year master’s degree programme, and who decide to bring their dependents.

“We have had a very significant rise in the number of people coming from all around the world, not just from Nigeria.

“This has caused some strain on the UK.”

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