127 Ghanaian migrants return from Libya

127 Ghanaian migrants return from Libya

- Ghanaian illegal migrants in Libya have returned home

- All 168 Ghanaians were handed 400 cedis each for their upkeep

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About 127 Ghanaians living illegally in the broken state of Libya have returned home. The repatriation was supervised by the foreign affairs ministry and the International Migration Organisation (IOM).

168 Ghanaian migrants return from Libya

168 Ghanaian migrants return from Libya

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The world was thrown into a state of shock when a documentary by CNN revealed how human traffickers in Libya sold Africans for as low as 400 dollars.

The Africans, according to the International Migration Organisation (IMO), are mostly from the sub-region, mostly West Africa.

168 Ghanaian migrants return from Libya

168 Ghanaian migrants return from Libya

But in a crucial press release signed by the foreign affairs minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the government says it will be considering setting up an emergency consulate in Libya.

YEN.com.gh is gathering that the Ghana mission in Malta had paid a consular visit to the three detention centres in Tripoli namely; Tajoora, Trek Al Sika and Trek Matar.

Press statement had indicated that; "All 168 Ghanaian detainees identified in Libya were not part of the slave trade but rather arrested on illegal migration charge".

Foreign affairs minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway had earlier assured that government is repatriating all Ghanaians back to the country so as to reintegrate them with family and friends in Ghana.

To this end, 127 Ghanaians living illegally in Libya touched down at the Kotoka International Airport as they were handed with food and water by the government and other officials of the IOM.

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These illegal migrants reportedly come by two flights - Air Libya and Afriqiyah as two metro mass buses on standby shuttled them to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle where they are expected to find their way back home. Each of them was handed 400 cedis for upkeep.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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