10 Easiest Countries to Migrate To From Nigeria.

Are you looking forward to migrate abroad this New Year to pursue a dream or study or start a new life?

Perhaps, you might have even tried to travel abroad a couple of times and your effort has not yielded any positive result. Do not throw-in the towel yet.

At the end of this post you would have been able to know about the countries that will be glad to welcome Nigerians with less immigration requirements and most importantly, assist applicants to make a better choice of country to migrate to.

In this our New Year article, we have listed the 10 easiest countries that are most welcoming to immigrants from Nigeria according to the latest United Nations Human Development Report and they all have flourishing economies, good immigration policies and immigrant support services for a better education, good job opportunities and fantastic living standards. These countries are as follows:

  1. Norway

In recent years, Norway has repeatedly been ranked as ‘the best country to live in’ by the United Nations Human Development Report. This annual ranking is based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with life expectancy, but also factors such as human rights and cultural freedom. Norway is also rated high for its literacy rate, educational levels and material wealth.

In addition, Norway has one of the best welfare systems in the world, making sure that people who are unemployed or unable to work are given support so that they can lead dignified lives. Norway also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Immigration to Norway has increased over the last decades. Norway has become home to thousands of non-European immigrants and refugees. Although Norway has some of the highest salaries in the world, they do come with a vastly increased cost of living. To move to Norway with the intent to live, work, or study, you will need a residence permit unless you are a Norwegian citizen.

Norway is a peaceful and pollution free nation that is very welcoming. The wealthy nation offers free education in its public universities and owing to the natural beauty of the land and the relaxed way of life, many people considers Norway as their immigration destination. Besides, the rules for immigration are not very strict in Norway.

  • Switzerland

Switzerland is ranked 1st among 44 countries in the Europe region, and its overall score is well above the regional and world averages. The service sector has come to play a significant economic role, particularly the Swiss banking industry and tourism.

Switzerland has an efficient market economy. Its standard of living, industrial productivity and quality of education and health care systems are among the highest in Europe. Immigration to Switzerland has increased due to judicial effectiveness, government integrity and monetary freedom outpacing slightly lower scores for the property rights and government spending indicators.

Those with the best chances of being granted a permit to work and live in Switzerland include managers, specialists and other highly qualified people, meaning those with university degrees and professional experience. Applicants may also be required to know one of the official languages (German, French and Italian).

  • Australia

Australia’s economy is addicted to immigration, requiring ever-increasing infusions of new people to stave off an inevitable collapse and if you’re looking for a developed country that seems to be entirely recession-proof, go to Australia. Australia has enjoyed 27 years of uninterrupted growth since its last recession as well as 108 consecutive quarters of economic expansion and counting.

Home to some 23.7 million people, Australia is a wealthy country with a major presence in international organizations, firm citizenship rights, an opportunity for entrepreneurs, economic stability and a large public services sector. In addition to job availability, Australia boasts a huge English-speaking population, a safe environment, and a high level of happiness among its citizens.

Australia is ranked 4th among 43 countries in the Asia–Pacific region and its overall score is well above the regional and world averages, making it a safe haven for immigrants.

  • Ireland

Ireland has become a highly desirable immigration country in the last decade. Ireland rejoins the elite group of economically “free” countries with an economic freedom and is ranked 2nd among 44 countries in the European region and its overall score is well above the regional and world averages.

The economy of Ireland is a knowledge economy, focused on services into high-tech, life sciences and financial services industries. 

With real GDP growth of 3.4%, the Irish economy is the fastest growing in the Eurozone and ranks first for high-value foreign direct investment (FDI) flows, making it a desirable location for investors, businessmen and multinational companies as well as foreign workers with intention to work and live in Ireland.

  • Germany

The German government is giving hope to migrants that they may be allowed to work in Germany. It has the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world and fifth by GDP.

In 2017, the country accounted for 28% of the euro area economy according to the IMF. Germany’s economy is expected to produce $4.2 trillion in 2019 as measured by nominal gross domestic product. The nation is the world’s fourth-largest economy following the United States, China, and Japan. To compare GDP between countries, you must use purchasing power parity. Some say that Germany has been flourishing over the past 12 years, as Chancellor Angela Merkel has led the country to robust economic growth and record low unemployment rates.

Due to its flourishing economy, expanding labour market and the government’s sensitiveness to welcoming immigrants, Germany has placed itself among the comity of nations with one of the best immigration policies favorable to Nigerians.

  • Iceland

Apart from issuing visiting or tourist visa and business visa, foreign nationals like Nigeria can only immigrate, live and work in Iceland in one of three ways:

  1. marry an Icelander,
  2. attend a university in Iceland, (if you are accepted into a university in Iceland, you may be granted a residence permit and a limited work permit); or
  3. secure a work permit for a job in Iceland, (unfortunately, it’s not easy to get a job in Iceland; however, for foreign nationals like Nigerians to secure a job, you must have certain specialized work skills, like computer programming and software developer).

An Icelandic employer who is interested in offering a Nigerian with job opportunity has to show that the job can’t be filled by an Icelander or an EEA citizen and the employer must sign your work contract before you move to Iceland. If you meet the requirements for immigrating to Iceland, the first step is obtaining and submitting the application form for a residence permit, together with all necessary supporting documentation.

Since 2010, tourism has become the main pillar of Icelandic economic growth, with the number of tourists reaching 4.5 times the Icelandic population in 2016. Iceland’s economy has been diversifying into manufacturing and service industries in the last decade, particularly within the fields of tourism, software production, and biotechnology.

The Icelandic economy continues to boom, the robust growth is also an indication that the economic upswing, which began when the growth of tourism helped Iceland exit the recession caused by the 2008 financial crash, will continue for a few more years attracting more foreign nationals including Nigerians.

  • Hong Kong

Hong Kong is often described as a ‘city of immigrants’ and is home to the Chinese, British, other European, and South Asian communities as well as Nigerians. Hong Kong’s immigration policy plays a vital role in enhancing its attractiveness to foreign professionals and investors. Hong Kong has all along adopted an open immigration policy and those who wish to secure a tech job in Hong Kong may have a clear path due to a unique immigration policy

Hong Kong’s economic freedom score is 90.2, making its economy the freest in the 2018 Index, while its overall score has increased by 0.4 point, with improvements in government integrity, business freedom, and monetary freedom offsetting a decline in the score for the property rights indicator.

Hong Kong is ranked 1st among 43 countries in the Asia–Pacific region and its overall score is well above the regional and world averages. This indicates an unparallel opportunity for Nigerian immigrants.

  • Sweden

Sweden is known for its comparatively open immigration policy and is one of the most popular refugee destinations welcoming up to 190,000 immigrants annually. By any measure, Sweden is one of the world’s most innovative nations, and it has been called the most digitally connected economy. Sweden has been ranked as the world’s best country for immigrants, ahead of Canada and Switzerland.

Sweden’s decision to take in large numbers of refugees had seen its society diversify as migrants account for about 10 percent of its 9.8 million populations. Sweden’s enviable living standards result from an economy that performs optimally because of regulatory efficiency and open-market policies that enhance flexibility, competitiveness, and large flows of trade and investment and generations of innovativeness have led to a long list of world-changing inventions like the three-point seatbelt, the pacemaker, the adjustable wrench and safety matches. More recent Swedish inventions include Spotify and Skype. Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/sweden

The Swedish government invests a higher proportion of GDP in R&D than most other nations and this creates a fertile environment for foreign immigrants such as Nigerians to their teeming economy.

  • Singapore

Singapore is renowned as the Financial Hub making its economy the 2nd freest among 43 countries in the Asia–Pacific region and its overall score is above the regional and world averages. It is attracting investment and innovative technologies from all over the world and this means that it requires professionals who can handle these technologies. So even under constricted immigration environment, Singapore will need to go beyond its borders to look for the experienced and qualified professionals which include Nigerians.

Singapore differs from most of the island countries in that it has developed itself as the financial hub of Asia and will still heavily depend on the tourism industry to sustain its financial sector. Singapore made its move and converted to the trade based market economy for the aggressive economic growth. The basic reason for it was the lack of natural resources.

Singapore’s economy is a highly developed free-market economy and has been ranked as the most open in the world, 7th least corrupt, most pro-business with low tax rates and has the third highest per-capita GDP in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity. Today, the Singapore economy is one of the most stable in the world, with no foreign debt, high government revenue and a consistently positive surplus. The Singapore economy is mainly driven by exports in electronics manufacturing and machinery, financial services, tourism, and the world’s busiest cargo seaport. These feats have placed Singapore in an international strategic position that needs more foreign nationals such as Nigerians to join its economic and technological advancements.

  1. Netherland

According to United Nations Human Development Report, Netherlands is the EU’s seventh-largest economy and a transportation hub. Leading economic sectors include chemicals, petroleum refining and electrical machinery. A highly mechanized agricultural sector provides large surpluses that have made the country the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter.

The Netherlands is the fifth-most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. Some of the best opportunities to study economics in English are at leading Dutch universities such as Tilburg, Groningen. The Netherlands is the sixth largest economic power in the Eurozone and the fifth largest exporter of goods.


According to Bloomberg Reports, each of these countries has a lot of advantages and opportunities for immigrants, yet a careful thought on each country’s immigration policy must be taken into consideration, before applying for any type of visa.

Finally, we encourage migrants to consider your priorities before applying for visa to the country that best suits your needs and make sure you migrate through the legal means.

Ready to migrate to the country of your choice? Please contact us on: 0803-418-8219 or send us an e-mail: sksolicitors.ng@gmail.com for a successful visa applications and migration to the country of your choice.

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