A National Migration Policy, aimed at providing a comprehensive framework to manage migration for Ghana's sustainable development was, yesterday, launched in Accra.
The policy, which highlights key migration concerns and recommends specific strategies that will help address the concerns, is expected to promote the benefits and minimize the costs of internal and international migration through legal means, with the rights and security of migrants well respected in order to ensure socio-economic development in the country.
The launch was organised by the Ministry of the Interior in collaboration with the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Migration (IMSCM) and Ghana's development partners, with funding from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), European Union (EU), Ghana's Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the German International Development Co-operation (GIZ).
In a key note address, Minister for the Interior, Mr Prosper Douglas Bani, noted that the formulation of a migration policy had become necessary in view of the challenges the country had encountered in an attempt to intervene and respond to migration issues without a policy direction.
Mr Bani said the National Migration Policy document covered migration patterns in Ghana such as irregular migration, internal migration, human trafficking, border management, return, re-admission and the re-integration of immigrants.
The Minister noted that migration had both its merits and demerits and that on the positive side, it had contributed to the socio-economic and physical development of the country as families whose relatives migrated to other countries always remitted them.
He, therefore, pledged government's preparedness to ensure that the National Migration Policy framework was effectively implemented.
In a presentation, Prof. Mariama Awumbila, Director of the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana, said the policy was guided by a host of principles which included the protection of migrant rights, facilitation of migrants' equality, adherence to the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which guaranteed the rights of Ghanaians to migrate as well as the right of all persons to move freely within the country.
Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo & Faith Junko Ogawa)