Adesoye Isiaka Mustapha (PhD), Ikponmwosa Ebomoyi


This study examines the incessant population growth rate in Nigeria that has led to a high increase in the labour force amidst the high level of unemployment opportunities. The paper is, therefore, aimed at examining the problems that are associated with the population growth rate acting as a causative factor for youth migration in Nigeria. In determining a direction for this study, a hypothesis was formulated. Survey methodology, particularly the administration of questionnaire was used to elicit data from randomly sampled respondents from the three Senatorial Districts in Edo-state. Oral Interviews were also conducted with respondents other than in the sampling size. The data gathered were analyzed and interpreted using the Pearson’s Product Movement Correlation Coefficient (r). It was found out that there is a strong positive relationship between the accelerated labour growth rate and youth migration. It is therefore recommended that adequate use of data on population growth vis a vis the growth of the labour force should be made available to the relevant authorities to guide policy formulation and implementation on tackling youth unemployment problem in Nigeria.


Labour, Growth, Youth, Migration, Nigeria.

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