- The EU is begging Ghanaians to travel legally to Europe
- Officials from the EU say some Ghanaians are now begging for alms in shopping malls
- Thousands of Ghanaians currently migrate illegally to the EU
Officials of the European Union are expressing concern over the trend of Ghanaian immigrants in the EU begging for alms across the various shopping malls in Europe,
The head of the EU delegation to Ghana, William Hanna has described the situation as worrying stating that it is very disappointing for Ghanaians to be in such a situation.
Speaking at a lecture on migration at the University of Ghana, the powerful EU official revealed that the whole story of illegal migration to EU is very sad and troubling.
“I have a very deep picture in my mind of walking around Rome…and I see Ghanaians begging at supermarkets probably to make some money and I don’t see much dignity in that,” he said.
According to the EU, it is not true that the Europeans are not interested in kicking out Ghanaian immigrants just that they want them to travel very legally. Illegal migration remains one of the troubling issues government currently faces. Just recently, the United States of America deported about 80 Ghanaians living there illegally.
This represents the second time in 2017 that a mass Ghanaian contingent has been deported from the US. It would be remembered that over 108 Africans were deported from the US in January – a number which comprised of 58 Ghanaians.
The exercise is in line with a campaign promise by US President Donald Trump, who pledged to deport all foreign nationals who entered the country illegally.
The then-candidate Trump was of the view that foreign nationals had invaded the USA, taking over jobs that were meant for ‘true Americans’. He, therefore, promised to deal with the matter if voted into power in the 2016 polls.
And after winning the elections, it appears the US president is bent on keeping to his words. An estimated 7,000 Ghanaians are illegally living in the US, according to the country’s ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson.
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