The Unsettling Tale of Nigerians Deported from Turkey: A Story of Uncertainty and Resilience


In recent years, the world has witnessed a surge in deportations of immigrants and students from various countries. One such incident that has garnered significant attention is the deportation of Nigerian students from Turkey. This blog post delves into the circumstances surrounding their deportation, the challenges they faced, and the implications of this event on the affected individuals and their families.


In 2016, Turkey experienced a failed coup attempt, which led to a crackdown on perceived enemies of the state. The Turkish government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet movement of orchestrating the coup. This led to a massive purge of individuals suspected of having ties to the movement, including students at universities linked to Hizmet.

Nigerian Students Caught in the Crossfire

Among those affected were Nigerian students pursuing their higher education in Turkey. Many of these students were enrolled in universities allegedly linked to Hizmet, unaware of the political tensions surrounding the movement. In July 2016, the Turkish government began a mass deportation of Nigerian students, citing their alleged connections to the failed coup.

The Deportation Process

The deportation process was reportedly chaotic and traumatic for the students involved. Many were arrested and detained without explanation, their passports confiscated, and their belongings left behind. They were subsequently put on flights back to Nigeria, leaving behind their dreams, friends, and the life they had built in Turkey.

Challenges Faced by the Deportees

The deported students faced numerous challenges upon their return to Nigeria. Many struggled to adjust to life back home, having spent years adapting to the Turkish culture and education system. They also faced stigma and discrimination, with some being labeled as “coup plotters” or “terrorists.”

Some of the deportees reported facing difficulties in transferring their credits to Nigerian universities, effectively restarting their academic journey. Others struggled to find employment, as their Turkish qualifications were not recognized in Nigeria.

Personal Stories of Resilience

Despite the challenges, many of the deported students have shown remarkable resilience and determination. Some have started their own businesses, while others have pursued new academic opportunities in Nigeria or other countries.

One deportee, who wished to remain anonymous, shared his story: “I was deported with only the clothes on my back. I had to start from scratch, but I refused to give up. I enrolled in a Nigerian university and worked hard to catch up. Today, I’m proud to say I’m a graduate and a successful entrepreneur.”

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  1. habeeb oladapo July 4, 2024at9:15 pm

    Look well before you japa

  2. Praise Chukwuebuka July 4, 2024at9:15 pm

    No dulling 😂

  3. Isaac Godspower July 4, 2024at10:03 pm

    Nigeria our country

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  6. David July 4, 2024at10:38 pm

    Sorry oo


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