Category: Immigration

Austin’s basketball rebirth: Sudanese have given, received so much

By Pat Ruff

Moses Idris was asked what his life might look like once he’s finished high school.

Idris is a 6-feet-3, 190-pound Austin High School senior and starter on one of the top basketball programs in the state. Like the majority of the players on this team — three of them starters — Idris is of South Sudanese descent.

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The Nigerian Immigration Ban And Its Potential Impact On Houston Employers

Christopher Bacon

President Trump’s recent decision to add Nigeria to the restricted travel list not only surprised the Nigerian government, but also many Houston businesses that provide services for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

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Nigerian Couple ‘Heartbroken’ As Families Face Indefinite Visa Ban

The Trump administration has expanded its travel ban to six more countries, including Nigeria — the largest economy in Africa. While Nigerian students and travelers are still welcome to visit — it’s family members immigrating to the U.S. who are blocked from coming here.

By ELIZABETH TROVALL 

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The number of Nigerian immigrants to Canada has tripled in the last five years

By Yomi Kazeem

The exodus of Nigerian immigrants to Canada is showing no signs of slowing down.

For the fifth year in a row, more Nigerians emigrated to Canada than the year before as data published by the Canadian government shows the number of Nigerians issued permanent resident permits has tripled since 2015.

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Green cards are only available to immigrants who fall under one of these categories

BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH 

Green cards allow immigrants to live and work in the United States, legally and permanently, before they can seek American citizenship through naturalization.

To apply for permanent lawful U.S. residence, non-citizens must qualify under one of eight categories. Each category has different eligibility requirements that applicants must meet when they submit their petitions.

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While the U.S. blocks immigration visas, Canada is building strong a strong Nigerian community

Nigerians were the fourth most represented nationality among new permanent residents in 2019 in Canada

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This Family Survived an African Refugee Camp. Their New Challenge: Surviving Houston Without a Car. 

Until January, Merci Madilu and his older brother, Espoir, had spent most of their existence in a refugee camp in the landlocked Central African nation of Burundi, where they shared a one-room, mud-walled shelter with their mother and eight younger siblings. 

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Trump is turning Canada into a haven for the world’s best and brightest

Well-educated professionals from Nigeria are turning their eyes to Canada after the U.S. expanded its visa and travel bans

by Jason Markusoff

Nigerians have become central figures in the most heavily reported Canadian migration story in recent years, as the largest cohort streaming through Canada’s most controversial entry-point: the ditch at Roxham Road, in small-town Quebec, that became a magnet for asylum seekers.

More quietly, though, Nigerians are playing a significant role in this country’s overall immigration story: the numbers of people arriving through conventional channels—mainly as skilled workers—have spiked, nearly tripling since 2016.

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Fast facts about Nigeria and its immigrants as U.S. travel ban expands

BY JOHN GRAMLICH

President Donald Trump has added Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, to a list of countries whose residents face restrictions on travel into the United States. With the new policy set to take effect on Feb. 22, here are some fast facts about Nigeria and its immigrants in the U.S., based on previously published Pew Research Center studies.

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MINNESOTANS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP’S NEW VISA CURBS

By JOEY PETERS

Esther Agbaje had been hearing for months that the Trump administration might target Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, for new restrictions on legal immigration. But it was still a shock when official word came down on Friday.

Agbaje’s parents moved from Nigeria three decades ago. Some family members there still hope to move to Minnesota, Agbaje said, but if the new policy takes effect, it will likely complicate that. 

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