New Nigeria Research Network Policy Brief

Posted:
20 January, 2014

Nigeria Research Network Policy Brief No 5 on Indigeneity, Belonging & Religious Freedom in Nigeria is now available.

Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. Over time, millions of Nigerians have migrated to other parts of the country for work, education or other reasons. As a result, many Nigerian communities and cities have diverse populations. Often these are divided into the 'sons of the soil', or 'indigenes' of such communities, and residents originating from other parts of the country who are considered as 'settlers', even after continuous residence for over two generations or even more. Despite the length of residency in an area, being an 'indigene' or a 'settler' often has implications for ones access to land, chieftaincy offices, jobs, scholarships, and political office.

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