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The UK has approved 6.4 million study visas to foreign nationals between 2005 and 2023
Since 2005, nationals from China, India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pakistan, and Nigeria have ranked among the top three recipients of UK study visas. China led the list from 2010 to 2020. In 19 years, over 1.46 million Chinese nationals (22.9% of the total) received study visas. India followed with 926.9k and Nigeria — which first entered the top three in 2020 — with 436.9k.

As of June 26, 2024, 95 countries owed the IMF $111.6 billion
Argentina, Egypt, and Ukraine were the IMF’s top three debtors as of June 26, 2024, accounting for $51 billion (46%) of the total debt. Egypt, Angola, and Kenya occupy the top three spots in Africa on the IMF’s debtors’ list. As of December 2023, Kenya's public debt stood at Ksh11.14 trillion (approximately $76.8 billion). By June 2024, its debt to the IMF had increased by 245% from $744 million in August 2020. This increase has coincided with protests in Kenya, where citizens opposed a proposed finance bill aiming to raise additional taxes to reduce the budget deficit and state borrowing.

Nearly 11 in 50 health and care work visas issued by the UK in 2023 went to Nigerians
In 2023, the UK issued nearly 350k skilled health and care visas, representing 57% of the total work visas (616k) issued, with Indian and Nigerian nationals receiving a combined 50% of the visas issued. Nigeria received 82.8k, approximately 13% of the total work visas issued.

Nigeria ranks second in UK work visa applications for 2023, behind India
In 2023, Nigeria emerged as the second-largest source of UK work visa applications, with 92.7k applications, trailing only India (171.8k). This places Nigeria ahead of other countries like the Philippines (29.5k), Ghana (36.2k), Pakistan (48.4k), and Zimbabwe (50.3k). Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Ghana were the top African countries seeking work in the UK in 2023.

Africa and Asia most affected by lack of drinking water in children's schools
A recent UNICEF report shows that 293m children worldwide did not have drinking water in their schools in 2023. Six African and four Asian countries make up the top ten, with Ethiopia and Nigeria occupying first and second positions, respectively, with 33.2m and 29m children. The top five countries account for 42% of the total affected population.

Nigerians accounted for 1 in every 27 individuals granted Canadian permanent residency status in 2023
Canada granted permanent residency to 471.8k individuals in 2023, with Indian citizens leading with nearly 30% of the total. Nigeria (3.7%), Cameroon (2.5%), and Eritrea (2.3%) were in the top ten recipients.    

Nigerians received 1% of the US non-immigrant visas issued in 2023, ranking 15th on the global list
10.7 million US non-immigrant visas were issued in 2023, 36% more than in 2022, with Mexicans receiving nearly 23% of the total. The top five countries received more than half of the total issuances. Nigeria — 15th on the list — received 1%.

Nigeria will be the third most populous country in the world by 2050
Nigeria was the seventh most populous nation in the world in 2020, with 206.1 million people. Projected to reach a population of 401.3 million by 2050, Nigeria will rank third after India (1st) and China (2nd). According to Institut national d'études démographiques' projections, Nigeria, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Egypt, Tanzania, and Kenya will be among the world’s top 20 most populous countries by 2050.

4 African countries were among the world’s top 20 most populous countries in 2020
Nigeria was the seventh most populous nation in the world in 2020, with 206.1 million people. Projected to reach a population of 401.3 million by 2050, Nigeria will rank third after India (1st) and China (2nd). According to Institut national d'études démographiques' projections, Nigeria, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Egypt, Tanzania, and Kenya will be among the world’s top 20 most populous countries by 2050.

Nigeria was 13th on the list of rice-producing countries in 2022/2023 market year, with 1%
Approximately 513 million metric tonnes of rice were produced in 2022/2023 market year, with China and India accounting for more than half combined. Nigeria produced around 5.4 million metric tonnes — 1% of the global production and slightly more than the US.

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