- The Deputy Ambassador to China, Dr Charles Dwamena, said five Ghanaians are arrested each week in China for some offences
- He said the arrest is due to their taking up illegal employment and overstating their permit
- Dr. Dwamena revealed that those arrested were mostly students
Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to China, Dr Charles Dwamena, has revealed that an average of five Ghanaians were arrested each week by the Chinese authorities in 2018.
According to him, these Ghanaians who were mostly students, were arrested for illegal employment and overstaying their permit.
He explained that the Chinese government considered it a crime for students to school and work at the same time.
Dr. Dwamena made this revelation when speaking to some Ghanaian students at a dinner event organised by the Beijing Chapter of NUGS-China, according to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Citinewsroom.com.
He added that some students have had their education truncated because the Chinese authorities arrested them for teaching, deported and banned from entering China for a period making it impossible for them to complete their education.
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Sadly, the deputy ambassador said the government of Ghana cannot intervene on behalf of those arrested in order not to interfere with the procedures of the Chinese authorities due to the Vienna Conventions.
“The Embassy cannot interfere with the procedures of the Chinese authorities once a Ghanaian is arrested for doing something illegal and for us at the Embassy, it becomes a painful situation to watch a student who has put so many efforts in his or her studies get deported in the final year for illegally working”, he said.
Dr. Dwamena thus advised all students to desist from taking up any form of employment.
He also cautioned those who have overstayed their permits to take the necessary steps to legalize their stay as the Chinese authorities have intensified their efforts to flush out illegal immigrants.
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