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5 Ways Africans can Relocate and Earn Income Abroad

With the economic situation on the continent, it is no longer a new thing that Africans are looking for ways to relocate abroad. 

Though the economic recession is one of the major reasons people immigrate abroad, some are due to political instability, family and educational reasons.

According to Statista, the number of people emigrating from Africa doubled in 2021 compared to 2000. In 2021, about 41 million people left the continent to reside permanently in another country compared to 22 million in 2000. In 2020, most emigrants out of Africa were from Eastern and Northern Africa.

However, if you don’t have the necessary knowledge, relocating to another abroad might be challenging. When deciding, you must consider some crucial factors, such as finance.

If you’re thinking of moving overseas, here are some strategies that some Africans have employed to relocate abroad.


This is the best alternative, particularly for young Africans and academicians who desire to migrate to another country, notably the United Kingdom.

Under the immigration system, this method allows students to study and stay in the country after graduation. 

From the United Kingdom’s home site, exceptional students are allowed to stay and contribute to society and the economy post-study under the points-based immigration system after completing the study.

There are several ways to accomplish this.

The first choice is to self-fund or apply for a fully-funded scholarship. This allows you to stay and work after graduation.

Once approved, all you need to do is study hard and graduate with the best grade.

Work or Skilled Labour

Here is where your knowledge and professionalism come in handy. Some countries are on the lookout for expertise in specific disciplines that might help them improve their economy.

Some skills, such as doctors, nurses, radiologists, IT experts, and other skilled individuals, are always in demand in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and others.

As appealing as the possibility may appear, you will be needed to pass specific examinations and complete other requirements before being allowed to immigrate.


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The Permanent Residency

The Canadian Permanent Residency Program has helped many Africans relocate to Canada. This was made possible under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) program.

One of the steps is to pass the eligibility test. Aside from Canadian residence, there is also permanent residency in Australia.

Spousal Visa 

This is in different ways. Having a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of another country, for example, is a straightforward means to relocate from Africa to another country.

If your spouse lives in another nation, all you have to do is learn about the spousal visa procedure in their country.

This path, however, is not as simple as others because most nations want to prevent visas based on a forged marriage certificate.

You must be married for at least five years in certain countries before seeking citizenship.

Apart from this, there is also family reunification. 

Here, non-nationals have the right to enter and remain in a country where their family members are legally present or where they hold nationality to maintain the family unit.

However, you must be able to prove that you are legally related. This also varies from country to country.

Citizenship via Investment 

High-net-worth Africans most use this. They get citizenship or a passport from another nation by investing in it.

With this, the country gives the individual investor visas, which allow you to become a permanent resident or citizen after investing a specified amount of money in the economy.

You might also migrate by creating a business in a country that allows it, as this will benefit their economy.


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