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With the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), One Hundred and Six (106) Ghanaians have been evacuated from Libya to Ghana on a chartered flight.
This follows the one hundred and twenty-seven (127) Ghanaian nationals earlier transported to Accra on November 29, 2017, similarly facilitated by the IOM.
According to a release signed by the deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mrs. Barbara Addo, and copied to Ghananewsone.com.gh, in response to the harrowing reports of human trafficking and the mistreatment of Ghanaian migrants, Government constituted a five-member fact-finding delegation which visited Libya from February 5-10, 2018 to assess the situation.
The release indicated that, among those identified by the fact-finding team, were Ghanaians who were being held at detention centres for various offenses including entering Libya illegally as well as in possession of fake documents.
“Arrangements were subsequently made for their repatriation and the necessary travel documents issued to them,” says the release.
It also said, under the European Union – IOM Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration Programme, which is designed to facilitate the smooth reintegration of the returnees, upon their arrival, they were given cash support to cover immediate needs including transportation, food and water.
“In the meantime, Government is pursing initiatives aimed at repatriating the remaining Ghanaian detainees who have expressed the desire to return to Ghana voluntarily,” the release noted.
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