A Nigerian lady, identified as Pamela O, with the Twitter handle @pamelathepundit, has highlighted the disadvantages of migrating to Canada, the North American country which is attracting many Nigerian professionals recently.
According to Pamela, lack of Canadian work experience will force immigrants to wait tables, beg to take hours at superstores and also walk persons with special needs as a means of livelihood to pay unending bills.
She added that in Canada, immigrants will have to start all over because professional qualifications and work experience don’t count.
Her tweets: "Dear All who are ‘hustling’ to go to Canada under the Federal Skilled Workers Program, I wish you well.
"What you are never told is that all your qualifications, work experience and skills (for which you’ll be granted the visa) will amount to nought when the LACK OF CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE will force you to wait tables, beg to take hours at superstore and walk persons with special needs as a means of livelihood to pay unending bills and monthly house rent that is equivalent to what large families pay per annum back in Nigeria.
"You are never told that as a Researcher/Lecturer, your résumé is as good as a high school leaver simply because you lack Canadian work experience and worst of all if you do not have Canadian education. We all know Research Methods in particular disciplines are universal but hey, welcome to CA. As an Engineer, you’ll need some type of upgrading… The type that a Nigerian with tons of work experience went seeking at Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta, before he got stabbed to death by a supposed colleague who the system pronounced as mentally unstable, leaving behind children and a pregnant wife, early this year.
"My friends in the abroad who were once CEOs, MDs, 800k NGN salary earners but sold their businesses, resigned their jobs to move to Canada as ‘Skilled Workers’ who now know and experience these things keep asking that one question, “what is there in Nigeria to go back to”?…… are actually right to ask because what really is there to be back to?
"Don’t even let me start… It hurts. It hurts so bad. Not sure which hurts more; the tales of abundant job opportunities in Canada which drives hardworking Nigerian professionals to pack up & leave…only to go struggle for opportunities as described above with Refugees shipped from war-torn Sudan, Syria, Iran etc.
"I’m not underrating Refugees, no please. I am saying, for ALL that Nigerians go through to get that visa that is given them based on their skill and… professional abilities, they deserve more than getting their passports stamped at the Airports (because we sure don’t go by road or water), getting their SIN/SSN and watched as we all get denied opportunities to put our skill to use which was the first reason for going.
"I challenge you to show me one single person who found a job in Canada in their area of expertise within 3 months of arrival while painfully spending their savings (take note of unfavourable FX). Nigeria is tough but dear all, it is tougher living overseas without a proper job.
"Even with those survival jobs, one has to work 3 different types to pay $1k rent (with utilities) monthly for a self-contained type of apartment on average. U REALLY want to think again. Have my best wishes in your decision. Spectatorially, P. O."
NAIJ.com previously reported that one of the 387 Nigerians who returned from Libya on Tuesday, December 12, 2018, revealed how he and other migrants ate animal food for survival.
Happiness Ago, the 29-year old returnee and his co-travellers had to drink and eat animal leftovers in order to survive in the desert.
He said: “Some of those who travelled with us through the desert died of thirst. Three of my friends died because they couldn’t stand the desert sun. To survive in the desert, we drank water drank by animals and ate foods animal owners kept in animal bowls. While drinking and eating animal foods, we didn’t care about the danger to our health. We just wanted to survive."
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