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The government of Ghana evacuates 106 of its nationals from Libya

Over 168 Ghanaians detainees in Libya

ACCRA, Ghana––Ghana is evacuating its citizens from Libya after years of being stranded in the war-torn nation.

The Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release on Wednesday that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was aiding the Ghanaian administration in evacuating 106 Ghanaians from the volatile situation in Libya.  The evacuees were voluntarily brought on a chartered flight on Tuesday.

The voluntary evacuation followed 127 Ghanaian nationals held as illegal migrants in Libya and who were earlier transported to Accra in November last year, similarly facilitated by the IOM.  The government constituted a five-member fact-finding delegation which visited Libya last month to assess the situation in the North African nation as part of a response to the harrowing reports of human trafficking and the mistreatment of Ghanaian migrants.

Among those identified by the fact-finding team were Ghanaians who were being held at detention centers for various offenses, including entering Libya illegally and possession of fake documents.

Upon their arrival, the returnees were given cash support to cover immediate needs, including transportation, food, and water, under the European Union-IOM initiative for migrant protection and reintegration program, which is designed to facilitate the smooth reintegration of the returnees in Ghana.

“In the meantime, the government is pursuing initiatives aimed at repatriating the remaining Ghanaian detainees who have expressed the desire to return home voluntarily,” the statement said.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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