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The article is devoted to the study of the Nigerian diaspora in Britain, which is the largest African diaspora in the country. The study contains key information regarding how the diaspora came to be in the post-colonial era, and details the main causes and channels of Nigerian migration to the UK. The study focuses on analyzing the specifics of Nigerian migrants and their successful integration into British society, especially in the field of education. Nigerians have found a certain linguistic balance, in which their native languages (Yoruba and Igbo) are not lost while the English language is successfully mastered. Nigerians also have a distinctly high amount of social activity compared with other Africans. The rapid growth in the number of British Nigerians in the last 15-20 years has mainly been due to families reuniting. Nigerians usually obtain British citizenship based on lengthy residency and marriage registration. Ethnic and community solidarity, together with the preservation of the extended family, ensures the cohesion of the Nigerian diaspora; ample remittances are paid to relatives in Nigeria, and migrants retain influence in their home country. At the heart of Nigerians' solidarity is an identity that is not centered on one of the most diverse and ethnically diverse African states, but on their own «small homeland» - a specific community, genus, nationality, and language group. This has led to a habit of solving all issues at the local level through traditional power institutions, relying on themselves, their relatives, and fellow tribesmen. At the same time, ethno-tribal patronage limits educated Nigerians' opportunities for self-realization and contributes to the «brain drain», which causes significant harm to the economy of Nigeria. The article may be of interest to both specialists and a wide range of readers interested in the issues of African migration to the countries of Western Europe.
United Kingdom, Africa, migration, integration, Nigerian diaspora
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