- The stranded Ghanaians in the Gulf country were there to seek greener pastures
- The stranded youth paid between GHC 8,000 and GHC 15,000 each to obtain travel documents and visas for their trips
Over 500 Ghanaians have been left stranded in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being left to their fate by the recruitment agencies that sent them there.
This was revealed by Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, who reiterated government’s ban on the export of labour to the Gulf Region.
He said such exploitation is part of the reasons why the ban will still be in place until an agreement is fully reached with the Gulf countries.
He said government is working with the Consulate General to provide support for the stranded Ghanaians to return back home.
Mr. Hamid stated that some of these recruitment agencies charge as high as GH¢8000 to GH¢15000 in the name of procuring traveling documents for people to go to Dubai and other Asian countries.
He said these young people are promised jobs but are later left disappointed and stranded after getting to Asia.
“The security agencies are tracking down recruitment agencies and travel and tourism companies responsible for taking them to the Gulf Region especially Dubai, under the pretext of getting them already secured jobs,” Mr. Hamid said.
The minister further stated, “Government has learned that the recruitment agencies are charging between GH¢8000 and GH¢15000 to procure traveling documents for the young to go to Dubai.”
He noted that some of the recruitment agencies only succeed in securing tourist visas for the applicants which permits them to stay for only 90 days in Dubai.
He explained that “upon their arrival in Dubai, a corresponding agent takes charge and request some more money for accommodation while the job seeker goes on a job hunt on his/her own.”
He added: “This is contrary to the promise of an assured job in Dubai. Given that the validity of the visas is only for three months most Ghanaians are unable to secure jobs within the period and hence become illegal immigrants.”
According to him, travellers are forced to cough up an extra amount when they overstay the visa granted them.
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