Mr James Agalga, Deputy Minister of the Interior
Mr James Agalga, Deputy Minister of the Interior

The policy seeks to protect the welfare of some three million Ghanaians living abroad and control the inflow of illegal migrants into the country.

Mr James Agalga, Deputy Minister of the Interior
Mr James Agalga, Deputy Minister of the Interior
Deputy Minister of the Interior James Agalga told participants at a national sensitization workshop that migration was increasingly being recognized as a major human development issue.

The workshop, which was held on the theme “Migration and Development: Maximizing the Benefits”, was organized by the Ministry of the Interior and the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Migration.

Agalga noted that migration had played a central role in the livelihood strategies of both rural and urban populations in Ghana, saying the nature and scope of human movement kept changing with emerging global trends.
These dynamics, he noted, called for frequent examination of the issue of migration, sharing of knowledge and reviewing of response strategies.

Agalga, briefing the directors of the various ministries, regional coordinating directors and metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives, and security officers on the provisions of the bill, said migration had played a central role in the livelihood strategies of both rural and urban populations in Ghana.

The nature and scope of human movement, he said, kept changing with emerging global trends, adding that these dynamics called for frequent examination of the issue of migration, sharing of knowledge and reviewing of response strategies.

For instance, the minister said, from January to June, this year, 3,500 Ghanaians had reached Italy using irregular means of migration.

“This calls for drastic intervention on the part of respective governments globally,” Agalga said.

He said the NMP had made provisions for a number of interventions to solve migration problems in the country, while affirming the government’s commitment to implement the policy through a multi-stakeholder approach.

The Ministry of the Interior, he said, was collaborating with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) to infuse the migration policy into its medium and long-term development agenda.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, said rural-urban migration was a worrying phenomenon in Ghana, as more people moved to the city in search of greener pastures. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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