But their figure is by far less than that of those who take their destinies in their hands, bypass the whole process of speaking beautiful language during interviews to impress embassy officials and providing necessary documents to facilitate issuance of visa documentation, and just embark on the journey. This is the group that actually Cross- Over”. They go through the desert to nearby African countries then switch over to the boats and travel by sea. Most times in very crowded and rickety boats. Most puzzling is the fact that despite the high number of people who drown yearly, the number of Nigerians seeking to leave its shores through this means has not reduced. Some even sell the little that they have and abandon their jobs to embark on this “life changing journey”.So when incidentally, I found myself in Europe during the recent migrant crisis, I sought to understand the reason for the desperation and if it was indeed worth the risk. I then went in search of Nigerians; those who went in through the right channel of passing through the embassies, presenting all the appropriate documents etc and those who Crossed Over.
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