Preserving migrants’ rights and ensuring their protection and well-being, according to the International Organization for Migration, has always been a difficult part of enhancing reintegration.
But Crime Check Foundation, CCF with support from its donors has integrated over two hundred returnees through its Reintegration of Migrants and Returnees’ program
According to the Executive Director of CCF, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, successive governments attitude towards migration has been unclear even after the launch of the National Migration Program in 2016 which sought to focus on social protection among others.
He said the incessant calls from stranded Ghanaians outside the country necessitated the creation of the Reintegration of Migrants and Returnees’ program.
‘CCF is often inundated with calls from stranded Ghanaian migrants particularly those stranded in the Gulf countries with serious physical and psychological problems,” he said.
Speaking at a migration stakeholder conference in Accra on Demystifying the Myth of a Better Life in Europe, Mr Kwarteng advocated for more sensitization on the dangers of travelling abroad illegally.
“If you have to travel by all means, please do it the right way if not, we plead with our youth to stay here and work. There are good opportunities in the country and that is why we need to extend the sensitization campaigns to the hinterlands” he added.
Citing the stories of two beneficiaries of the CCF Reintegration of Migrants and Returnees’ program, Jemila Tahiru, a 23-year-old woman who returned from Oman mentally deranged, and 29-year-old Memuna Malik a Saudi Arabia returnee who suffered acid bath, he said, “Most of these people waste their savings to get here 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.
The Foundation is appealing to the public to support its Reintegration of Migrants and Returnees Program to be able to save more stranded migrants and returnees and also carry-out sensitization activities.