Checks have shown that close to 1.7 million Ghanaians applied for the US visa lottery in 2015 alone.
The number, which culminates the highest in the history of Ghana, is feared to have been triggered by the somewhat harsh economic climate in the country.
“In fiscal 2015 (the most recent year for detailed data on application countries), about 12% of the 14.4 million people who applied for the visa lottery were citizens of Ghana (1.7 million). An additional 10%, or nearly 1.4 million applicants, were from Uzbekistan. Other top application countries included Ukraine (nearly 1.3 million applicants), Iran (more than 900,000) and Nepal (nearly 900,000),” A US report showed.
Living in the US remains one of the luxurious dreams of many Ghanaians – a development which raises concerns over how high the standard of living in Ghana could be.