- Foreign Minister says 302 Ghanaians have been deported from the USA
- She says her ministry has been in contact with US Immigration authorities
- She also says 800 Ghanaians have accepted to be repatriated from Saudi Arabia
Ghana's Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has revealed to parliament that United States immigration officials have processed 365 Ghanaian nationals in preparation for their deportation.
Foreign Minister Botchway revealed that following US Ambassador Jackson's visit to parliament, her ministry relayed a Note Verbal to US Immigration authorities regarding 7,000 Ghanaian nationals facing deportation.
She said US immigration officials corroborated the stats but added that 180 were currently under deportation order. US Officials added that an additional 185 were in various stages prior to receiving deportation orders.
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Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchway comments came after the Member of Parliament for Tongu, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, asked the Foreign Minister if she knew about some 7,000 Ghanaian nationals facing deportation and the woes of Ghanaian domestic workers in the middle east.
According to the Foreign Affairs Minister along with the 365 Ghanaian officials screened by US immigration officials, 800 hundred Ghanaians unlawfully working in Saudi Arabia have also agreed to a voluntary deportation.
Foreign Minister Ayorkor Botchway said Ghanaian deportees in Saudi Arabia were taking advantage of a three month grace period given to illegal immigrants by Saudi authorities.
“In order to discourage people from violating the amnesty and risking arrest, the Ghanaian Mission is making efforts through social and electronic media to propagate the information both in Ghana and Saudi Arabia,” said the Foreign Minister.
She added that to help potential deportees by reducing the cost of repatriation, Ghanaian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia have reduced the cost of Travel Certificates from SR 200 (Saudi Riyadh) to RS 50.
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