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Henry Quartey
Henry Quartey

Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) launched   five years strategic plan  2018-2022 at international conference centre in Accra.

Hon. Henry Quartey the deputy Minister for interior in his speech emphasized that," I must say that, there are far more international migration in the world today than ever previously recorded, and their number have increased rapidly in the last few decades. The 2018 annual report of the international organization for migration population from 153 million people (or 2.9 percent of the world population) to 244 million (or 3.3percent of the world population). Of these, about one third of them (or 75 million) lived in Europe in 2015. Again, according to the United Nations Development of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) there ewre417,642 international migrants in Ghana as of 2017,an increase of nearly one -quarter (23.9 percent from the 337,017 recorded in 2010 UNDESA, 2017).moreover, between 2010 and 2017,the number of Ghanaians living outside Ghana increased by 15.5 percent from 694,009 to 857,603, the highest estimate reported since1990 and equivalent to about three percent of the country's estimated population UNDESA, 2017."

In Africa, the largest total migrant stock is in West Africa, and these migrants move internally, intra-regionally, continentally and internationally. West Africa also concentrates the highest number of international migrants and, to a lesser extent, migrants moving towards Northern Africa and Europe. Following the regional economic integration and economic cooperation, a growing number of West Africans undertake inter-region migration in search of better opportunities."

He further said, Historically, Ghana had played host to many non-nationals mainly from other African countries to facilitate their development efforts during the early post colonial era. The trend continued as Ghana, in addition to the promotion of Pan-African, enjoyed relative economic prosperity soon after independence. Over the years, immigrants into this country, particularly those from the west Africa sub-regional, easily merge with the Nationals and join the internal mobility of workers."

According to him, the nation cannot therefore sit aloof with no proactive measures instituted to ensure orderly and safe migration that will be of benefit to the country of origin and the country of destination."

Then,comptroller-General of immigration, Lawyer Kwame Asuah-Takyi also addressed and said, the service had it's first strategic plan in 2011, and the process of formulating this new plan offered us the opportunities to take stock of successes and challenges of the first one to determine our vision and mission in the light of challenges ahead, and to put forward strategies for development not only in response to changing needs but also as an active and participating agent in the international, migration community."

He continued, I must that the development of this plan was made possible with financial assistance from the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West Africa states (ECOWAS) under the "support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa "FMM West Africa) project."

The primary responsibility of this plan's implementation lies with the council, Management and officers of the service, and I can assure you of their commitment in ensuring it's successful implementation. Additionally, the council, Management and collaborations with all our stakeholders to enhance synergies among these players in pursuit of the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) part of which is to Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, through the implementation of planned managed migration policies."

Source | | Kofi Dwumah

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