Nigerians react as U.K. set to deport non-EU migrants who earn less than £35,000
Nigerians have taken to social media to air their thoughts on the move by the United Kingdom (UK) Home Policy to deport non-EU migrants who earn less than £35,000 (N6,965,000) annually, starting April.
The policy which comes into force on April 6, applies to all overseas workers who have been in the UK for five years on a Tier 2 visa.
According to workpermit.com, to apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa, you must be a skilled worker from outside the European Economic Area and have a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer who holds a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence. There is an annual cap on the number of Tier 2 (General) visas that can be granted. The cap currently stands at 20,700. People earning over £150,000 per year are excluded from the cap.
Encomiun.ng kept tabs on people’s reaction to the news online
– Some found it funny and made a joke out of it…
SouthernBreeze on Nairaland.com said: “Buhari travels is really yielding positive results. With the way we’re going presently, Somalia might start deporting Nigerians.”
Tosin on Bellanaija.com said: “Instead of them to say black people gerrout, they’ll be speaking grammar. Kai. All of you nno, welcome back, sannu da zuwa, e ku irin ajo. Home is kukuma sweet. Very sunny.”
Orijintv on Nairaland.com said: “So Yu Mean All D Shakara Wey Mbok Do For Mhe Just Cos Say She Nack Enta UK Go Soon End . . Make I Go Freshen Up, Cos Na My Turn To Do Shakara Dis April”
Kreamie on Nairaland: “Welcome home in advance people of the abroad”
StarOnEarth on Nairaland.com said: “My uncle should be on his way back to Nigeria. That man never even fit send bread come house since he comot. Maybe na because e salary no reach £35,000.”
– While some lamented the situation and pointed at probable solutions
Meccuno on Nairaland.com said: “These are the people we call “colonial masters”. If I may ask, what has the british or the white man ever done for us that demands we give them respect? They rub it in our faces and we still worship them…..God in his infinite mercy has given the black people a reasonable brain which is the same size worldwide. But why we kill over mundane things like religion, tribe and cult affiliation instead of knowledge beats my imagination. The black man is a waste of space.”
BongsZulu_SA on Bellanaija.com: “Let’s fix our very own countries and continent Fellas. After that we’ll have to tighten our migration policies on Non-African migrants, put strict laws on our minerals and natural resources, and then see who will cry??.. Even if it takes us decades or centuries, tables have to turn at some point.”
PeteVlogger on Nairaland.com said: “This news is a very sad one… What are our ambassadors doing?”
Zelex9 on Nairaland.com: “The fact of the matter is that currently in Britain there is a strong immigration concern among the people. Pressure is on infrastructure such as healthcare, education and housing has led to serious debate hence the EU referendum coming up in June. This has nothing to do with targeting Nigerians specifically and while personally I do agree with the idea behind the policy. I am not a supporter behind the deportation (the policy should take effect on those seeking to migrate to the UK) as at least these people have the right to work and live in the UK. Energy should be spent on rounding up illegal immigrants.”
nene on Bellanaija.com: “dont mind them. nigeria is difficult, yes, but u will always be a foreigner in a foreign country. why can’t u contribute to the growth of our nation and share a part in its history. black people fought for their freedom after years of slavery, why can’t we fight to make our country better?”
Edu on Nairaland.com said: “Lol. that was funny! Bottom line is we’ve got to develop our own countries. We can’t keep hoping on migrating to get better lives.”
– Others directed their frustration at the Buhari-led government
Sijo01 on Nairaland.com said: “Anything can happen in buhari’s government so I’m not surprised.”
EMMAUGOH on Nairaland.com: “na wah o… i thought Buhari visit is for peaceful concern”
EmekaBlue on Nairaland.com: “if it really happens…peeps supporting this buhari regime in d uk go come c fr themselves”
Ooshinibos on Nairaland.com said: “I saw this coming , the immigration issue is getting messy with the war in Syria and the ineffectual African continent , we are all heading for UK ; Honestly UK has helped a lot of Nigerians , its about time we all come back home , the only problem is that Nigeria don’t have electricity , I don’t know how I will survive ( I cannot live on diesel generator or even inverter which they call electricity in Nigeria ) … things we take for granted is divine in Nigeria , if Nigeria can get this essential infrastructure ( electricity ) right , we will all come home voluntary.”
@Michael Nwokike for encomium.ng