Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng

Crime Check Foundation (CCF), a Crime Prevention and Advocacy Organisation, through its reintegration of migrants and returnees’ programme had integrated more than 200 returnees.

Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the Executive Director of CCF, said the outfit provided counselling and livelihood support to these migrants, who usually return home to the same poverty they sought to escape without any means of livelihood.

Mr Kwarteng was speaking at the 2020 Migration Stakeholders Conference on the theme: “Collaborating to promote safe Migration and Reintegration” in Accra.

The conference brought together various stakeholders to discuss collaborative measures of bridging migration information gaps.

It is also to discuss unifying efforts in developing and leveraging existing programmes to aid in the reintegration of returnees and measures to mitigating stigmatisation of return migrants.

He said the Foundation also provided medical support through its Health Check Series to many others, who returned home with health challenges.

The Foundation was inundated with calls from stranded Ghanaian migrants, particularly those stranded in the Gulf countries who returned with serious physical and psychological problems.

Mr Kwarteng said: “Most of these people waste their savings to get there or have to work to pay for the cost of their travel to a trafficking syndicate who is often very brutal in this enterprise”.

He said Ghana in 2016 developed the National Migration Policy which sought to respond to the causes and consequences of migration flows but successive government’s response towards issues of migration was often unclear.

He said, among other things, the implementation of the policy would focus on social protection access and the outreach of awareness-raising campaigns.

He said the success of the Policy depended on how it could protect migrant women and children, who constituted most of the victims.

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