Scaling Protected Western Fence the Fate of Nigeria Immigrants to Europe


The world is gradually shrinking that at the press of a button events happening in far-flung part of the earth could be followed live via cable network. Globalization or capitalist penetration of every economy is the new phenomenon. Industrialized nations of the West are growing richer and having access to natural resources of the third world. Most of the third world countries are experiencing harsh economic turn. World trade organization (WTO) continues to harp on the need for free trade which is beneficial to the developed countries. Yet developed Western countries mount an impenetrable fortress to ward off immigrants from their paradise. Nigerian immigrants device different strategies to scale protected Western fence at great cost. Desperate Nigerians trying to escape economic difficulties at home change citizenship as one changes his clothes. A cabal dealing on sale of international passport of various countries exist in Nigeria and for a good price valid passports are procured that could yield one a place in the enclosed economic safe-havens of the world. While citizens of the West enjoy unrestricted free-movement from one part of the world to the other, even as tourists, Nigerian citizens seeking economic opportunities in Europe are quarantined, threatened with imprisonment, deportation and denied such access. Employing newspaper, magazine reports and other extant secondary materials including oral interviews of those in the business of securing visas in Nigeria and migration theories, the paper will attempt an analysis of this phenomenon.

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Paul Obi-Ani, University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Ngozika Anthonia Obi-Ani, University of Nigeria, Nigeria

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Conference: ECCS2014
Stream: Trans-cultural displacement/belonging

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