As you may have heard – Canada is the new Eldorado for Nigerians emigrating to North America.

Over the past decade, an estimated 40,000 Nigerians have emigrated to the Northern American country.

But it appears the Canadian authorities have welcomed enough Nigerians and now they are trying to stem the flow of the immigrants.

But here is the thing. Most of the Nigerians crossing to Canada are not Nigerians living in Nigeria. They are Nigerians living in the US or those originally headed to the US.

About 2,500 asylum seekers were reported to have crossed into Canada to file refugee claims in April, according to estimates from the federal immigration and refugee department — the highest level since August and almost triple last April’s figure.

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More than 26,000 people illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. border in the past 15 months to file refugee claims.

The Canadian government says many of the more recent arrivals are Nigerians who arrived bearing valid U.S. visas after having spent very little time in the United States.

“It is apparent that they obtained those visas with the express intent to actually go to Canada. ... We’ve been sharing that information with the United States with the view of preventing the abuse of U.S. visas,” a Canadian immigration department spokeswoman told Reuters in an email.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers faced pointed questions this week after Reuters reported that Canada wants U.S. help turning back thousands of asylum seekers.

A Canadian official familiar with the matter told Reuters that Canada wants to amend a bilateral agreement to allow it to block border-crossing refugee claimants.

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