- Ministry of Foreign Affairs has put up measures to prevent Ghanaian immigrants in the Middle East from being mistreated
- Sector minister, Hanna Tetteh has revealed that all recruitment agencies who do not adhere to the measures would be prosecuted
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an inter-ministerial task force and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to closely monitor all activities of recruitment agencies who seek employment for Ghanaians in the Middle-East.
Sector Minister, Hanna Tetteh has revealed that the move is part of efforts to prevent the ill-treatment of Ghanaian migrants who gain employment overseas.
“We have to ensure that people you have attracted to go and work outside are people who you will ensure that they are not subjected to violence. They knew what jobs they were going to do and they were ready to do it. For as long as they are doing those jobs safely and without physical abuse, that’s alright. But if they get into the kind of crisis situation we have seen happen over and over again, illegal employment agencies would face prosecution should it be found out that you have neglected your responsibility,” Hanna Tetteh warned the recruitment agencies.
In 2015, over 2,000 women who migrated from Ghana to some Middle East countries to seek greener pastures, were reported to have been maltreated by their employers. This was after investigations by the GIS, revealed that the victims were assisted by fake recruitment agencies who assured them of job opportunities with good working conditions.