Immigration to Ghana

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Immigration to Ghana is managed by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).[1][2][3]

The Ghanaian government has most recently reviewed its immigration policy, as its intention is to increase immigration of skilled labour.[4][5]

Support and control of immigration[edit]

Features of Skilled immigration[edit]

Ghanaians at Ghana's Golden Jubilee Independence Anniversary national parade

Ghana has a skilled worker immigration policy aimed at creating a highly skilled and knowledgeable Ghanaian population, capable of creating wealth for Ghana and rapidly increasing the Ghanaian economy GDP output;[6] and has recruited highly skilled professional experts in the fields of information and communications technology, manufacturing, health care, construction, finance and banking, retailing and the oil and gas industry sectors of the Ghanaian economy.[6]

Skilled worker immigrants in Ghana include Indian, South Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, Cuban, Lebanese, Chinese, German and Dutch nationals and however after seven years as Ghanaian permanent residents with the Ghana Card permanent residency; skilled workers have gone on to become Ghanaian nationals.[7][8] Since 2012, Ghana has also had its highly professional skilled worker expatriates returning from the diaspora back to Ghana.[9]

Return to roots: African Americans in Ghana[edit]

As reported by the journalist Lydia Polgreen in a New York Times article, the fact that Ghanaian slave exports to the Americas was so important between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, make that Ghana currently does try to attract the attention of African slave descendants from the Americas in order that they are established here, and so that they turn the country into the new home to many descendants of the Ghanaian diaspora -though they only are partially descent of Ghanaian -, for they return to the country. So, according reported Valerie Papaya Mann, president of the African American Association of Ghana, now thousands of African-Americans already live in Ghana, at least part of the year. To encourage migration or, at least, the journey of the descendants of slaves from the Americas, Ghana decided, in 2005, offer a special visa to those people and provide Ghanaian passports to them.[10]

Country of birth of residents in Ghana[edit]

According to the Ghana Statistics Service 375,000 of the Ghana resident population were born outside Ghana, representing 2.5% of the total Ghana resident population. In 2010 Census, Europe born population was 14,295 in which some of them could be children of Ghanaians lived in Europe.[7]

Country 2012
 China 60,000
 France 10,000
 United Kingdom 7,000
 Germany 3,900
 India 3,800
 Lebanon 2,500
 South Korea 614
 Malaysia 340
 Japan 300
 Netherlands 200
Other countries 286,346
TOTAL 375,000

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