The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria has warned that a story claiming that Canada wants one million Nigerian immigrants is fake news.
The story has been spreading over the last couple of days with the headline, “Canada’s prime minister begs Nigeria’s president for one million immigrants”.
But, in a tweet on the High Commission’s official account, they warn that the story is too good to be true:
Over 4,200 Nigerians were approved for permanent residency in Canada in 2017, which is almost double the number from the year prior. Nigerians in Canada make important contributions to both countries.
The embassy puts the number into context – saying that “over 4,200 Nigerians were approved for permanent residency in Canada in 2017.