The Ghana Immigration service in the Ashanti region has deported over 30 Chinese nationals who were living and working in the region.
The deported foreigners were caught engaging in illegal mining activities popular called ‘galamsey’ in the Ashanti region, leading to their premature departure from Ghana.
“We repatriated during the period 37 foreign nationals mostly Chinese nationals engaged in illegal mining,” the regional Commander for Immigration Service, Mr. Isaac Luortey told the Interior Minister Prosper Bani on his visit to the Ashanti region.
In 2013 alone, thousands of Chinese illegal miners were deported following a crack down on gamasey in Ghana.
The influx of illegal Chinese miners in Ghana is providing a stern test to the decades-old cordial relations between the two countries.
By law, small scale mining is solely preserved for Ghanaians.
However, some Chinese miners have defied legislation by extracting gold in the remote parts of Ghana.
This has continued despite ongoing engagements between the two governments to address the issue.