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 were so important between the 16th and 19th centuries mean that Ghana currently is trying to attract African slave descendants from the Americas in order that they settle there, and so that they return to make the country the new home to many descendants of the Ghanaian diaspora - though not all are of Ghanaian descent. Accordingly, as reported by Valerie Papaya Mann, president of the African American Association of Ghana, thousands of African Americans are already now living in Ghana, at least for part of the year. To encourage migration or visits by the descendants of enslaved Africans from the Americas, Ghana decided in 2005 to offer them a special visa and grant them Ghanaian passports.[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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 1969 Ghana Exodus: Memory and Reminiscences of Yoruba Migrants". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Ghana criminalises migrant smuggling | General News 2012-07-05". Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ Claire L. Adida. "Too Close for Comfort? Immigrant-Host Relations in sub-Saharan Africa" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ Tande, Dibussi. "Why liberalising nationality law is a win-win situation". The New Black Magazine. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  5. ^ Djaba, Georgette (2008-09-09). "Dual Citizenship: The Benefits of Dual Citizenship to the socio-economic and political development of Ghana". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Ghana: Government Introduces Stricter Entry Rules for Work Permit Applicants, New Recruitment Requirements for Oil and Gas Industry". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Ghana - 2010 Population and Housing Census" (PDF). Government of Ghana. 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Foreigners in Ghana". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Afua Hirsch. "Ghana expatriates return home to seize opportunities from booming economy". (London: The Guardian). Retrieved 13 June 2013. [dead link]
  10. ^ Polgreen, Lydia (December 27, 2005). "Ghana's Uneasy Embrace of Slavery's Diaspora". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 

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