‘Greener pastures’ refer to places overseas where you believe without doubt that everything is aligned for your own good and for no reason conceivable could anything go wrong.
Canada quickly comes to mind considering the latest trend, followed by the United States, the United Kingdom, some European countries, the Dubais of this world and a few places in Asia.
That said, the quest to hammer and become successful in life inspires and drives many a Nigerian’s ambition to travel to the abroad seeing as things simply don’t want to work out for them in Nigeria or so it seems.
As a result, people tend to become blinded by the desperation to leave and end up in the wrong type of abroad or even the right place but with nothing seemingly still not working for them.
So before you make that move overseas, these are all the thoughts you should have considered extensively, after which you can decide whether relocating for good is for your own good or not.
Resources to relocate
Do you have the means to relocate successfully? Because it would be best if you don’t end up spending months in some unknown location in North Africa where you tried to pass in reaching Europe only to get caught up with the wrong people and hanging on to life by a thread.
Dearly beloved, you must be able to afford relocating from Nigeria properly first before even considering that option. Being an illegal immigrant has no joy, and ending up in cargo ships or boats in which you could die from poor welfare conditions is not worth leaving Nigeria for.
It’s best then to have all the resources necessary to relocate successfully.
What kind of job could you possibly get with your current certifications? Are your university degree and professional qualifications recognised and regarded highly enough to earn you a well paying job in the abroad of your desires?
You can’t just be thinking you’ll automatically get a good job the moment you land when you have not taken care of this aspect. Nigeria may be a place where having a degree from overseas could be advantageous but in advanced countries, your indigenously earned degree and professional certificates may not rank highly enough to make you employable.
Find out your chances of getting a job with what you have for an education first and if you consider the result of your enquiries satisfactory, you can proceed with your quest for greener pastures.
How are foreigners treated there?
You may have all it takes to successfully relocate abroad but still end up with nothing over there simply because the indigenes of the country you are considering do not treat foreigners right – despite what you may see and not see in the media.
Again, dig deep and make extensive enquiries, preferably from people who have been to the country for a period of time and experienced living there well enough to give advice on whether it is a good idea for you to relocate.
Also, though this may be hard, make friends with indigenes of that country you wish to relocate to. But make sure they are upstanding people who share their background with you and are willing to share useful information that would help you decide on relocating there.
Study the international relations of your desired destination, its policies towards foreigners concerning citizenship status, rights as a visitor, permanent residency, job consideration, education, health care and other social benefits potentially available to you.
The ocean is a beautiful sight but there are parts of it that are full of sharks and other predators you would rather just avoid.
Where would you live when you do reach the abroad of your heart’s desire? Okay, you have someone over there who would provide you with a roof over your head, but for how long? And is that person trustworthy enough not to sell you out into a sex workers’ syndicate or some level of slavery?
Or are you thinking of sleeping in street corners and roughing it out till something comes through for you? You are better than that, dearly beloved and the other considerations would show you just why.
You must also consider the costs of accommodation abroad – the rent for a room in Lagos per year is probably what you would pay per month over there for ‘self-con’ – meanwhile, you were dreaming of a two-bedroom apartment with all the goodies for starters. Okay.
Look, it’s weird but there are people who just can’t live anywhere but home no matter how much effort is put in place to make the overseas feel like home. Homesickness is a thing and failure to adapt to a foreign land could see one falling seriously ill with it.
There’s also how you are treated by locals. Given, not every one you meet would be a saint so would you be able to handle the bad eggs if the day comes when you cross path with one?
Also, can you live with the weather, the food that’s readily available there? And the general way of life in your desired destination? You may be the type that sees nothing wrong in occasionally running the red light in traffic or finding a tree, wall, or gutter to ease yourself and keep moving like it’s normal when in fact you’re sure to get punished for it over there?
English is a widely spoken language but there are levels to this and your mastery of the language could help you in settling down and even gaining employment or progressing business wise.
Same goes for other languages. Learning the main language spoken in your desired destination would help you secure the necessities to succeed there a lot more easier than when you cannot speak the local language.
Is what you’re leaving behind worth giving up?
You have a well paying job or a thriving business by Nigerian standards but still want to relocate? Then you should consider all the above coupled with what you can gain from relocating before making that move.
If you still want to relocate after considering the above, then it would be wise to have everything in place to make transition from Nigeria to the ‘greener pasture’ as seamlessly as possible – get the required visa, work or business permit(s), make necessary acquaintances, and decide wisely on what to do with resources in your name which cannot relocate abroad with you.
It is advisable to have something in Nigeria – a house or a business to return to in the event that the abroad life turns out not to be for you for a reason or another.
Have you actually tried all avenues to succeed in Nigeria?
It is easy to lament over obstacles in the way of succeeding in Nigeria because one is more likely than not to encounter a few, but have you really tried to be successful or are you ‘giving up’ on Nigeria after just one stumble?
While it may seem insensitive asking you to try again but, try again. It could be a flawed business plan keeping your ideal business from making gains or a skill that needs to be learned for you to get that job.
At times it’s difficult to admit not doing enough considering how harsh and unfair Nigeria could be, but that’s the reality.
Why are you really itching to leave Nigeria?
The answer to this goes a long way to gauge your chances of making it over there, as it is the ultimate consideration that determines whether relocation would be a great idea for you or not.
If your answer is “I just want to leave!” then you likely would have a big problem waiting for you in whatever location your abroad ambition most desires. Just leaving without a clear plan will leave you having to do things you normally wouldn’t even consider in the first place.
Have a clear plan
As a result of the above, once you do have a clear plan on why you wish to emigrate from Nigeria, your likelihood to fail there would not be as high as someone who just leaves Nigeria just for the sake of leaving.
Hence, if you’re going abroad wishing to become gainfully enployed or become a successful entrepreneur, you should have a plan on how to be qualified enough to get that job or that business going.
If it means getting a master’s degree here or over there, get it. If there are certain skills that attract employment over there, work hard to get them so you can be in line to get the necessary visa and employment.
Whatever you do, let it not be something illegal that would jeopardise your travel status in the long term or even for good, even to the point that it leaves question marks on those associated with you.
There’s nothing wrong in seeking a better life for you and yours, but you must be totally prepared for it before making that move.