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5 Countries To Move To After Buhari’s “Live Broadcast”.

Photo by: Oluwatosin Raji

Photo by: Oluwatosin Raji

It’s been a traumatic couple of weeks for many Nigerians, especially the youths, but if we are being honest it’s actually been decades of government-inflicted trauma. The past few weeks just seem to emphasize what everyone already knew but probably didn’t want to admit or come to terms with.

Following the president’s low budget short-film, edited with Windows Movie Maker or whatever sub-par video editing software that was used, in what was said to be a “Live Broadcast”, I have collated a list of five countries you’d be better off moving to.

In no particular ranking order:

1. Germany

With the third-highest number of international migrants worldwide, and one of the world’s highest levels of education, technological development, and economic productivity, Germany has become a hotspot for many young people. This, coupled with the fact that they have an aging population with a median age of 45.7 years, the country seems to be an attractive destination to migrants.

Pros

  • Permanent residency after 33 months
  • Disciplined society

Cons

  • Language barrier
  • High tax rate (But you’ll see where your taxes are going)
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Photo by: Mikael Owunna

2. Canada

The kinder cousin of the United States. It is the second-largest country in the world by total area and boasts of the lowest crime rate in the whole of the North American continent. The vast majority of the Canadian public as well as the major political parties support immigration since the Liberal government, in 2017 announced that nearly one million immigrants will be welcome over the next three years.

Pros

  • Express entry available
  • Multicultural hub

Cons

  • Winter (Rumour has it that the “Night King” was from Canada)
  • High cost of living.
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Photo by: Leon Strydom

3. Rwanda

If Africa is your thing, then Rwanda is your best bet, it is considered the safest to live in, and the least corrupt country in Africa. Since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has pursued rapid economic development and is now the 29th easiest place to do business in the world — the only low-income country (LIC) in the top 30, according to the 2019 World Bank Doing Business index. It is a budding zone for young African entrepreneurs.

Pros

  • Visa-free entry (For Nigerian passport holders)
  • Stable political climate

Cons

  • Language barrier
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Photo via: Sprudge.com

4. Netherlands/Holland

The Netherlands has a developed economy, ranked the second most innovative nation in the world in the 2018 Global Innovation Index, the country is a European business stronghold, with the oldest stock exchange in the world in Amsterdam. The Dutch are a progressive people, legalizing same-sex marriage, and have a lot of “coffeeshops” — the codename for cannabis cafes. Many young adults enjoy living and touring in this destination.

Pros

  • Excellent levels of English from most of the population
  • Only 70% of your income is taxed

Cons

  • Housing and rent is NOT cheap

5. Chile

Chile remains the most competitive economy in Latin America, with a strong institutional set-up, low levels of corruption, and an efficient government. It also boasts solid macroeconomic stability with a small public deficit and low public debt. With little natural resources, the country is moving towards a more knowledge-based economy. With the move towards a knowledge-based economy, the country opens its arms to migrants with strong mathematics and science backgrounds to help boost their development. It has the world’s biggest swimming pool and is a world-class wine destination.

Pros

  • Good healthcare system
  • Stable economy

Cons

  • Language barrier

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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