The Ghanaians deported experienced the shameful fate due to their inability to mention or provide evidence to prove that they had a host in the country of destination and other entry clearance issues
Illegal stay, over-staying of permits, crime and inadmissibility, have culminated to the deportation of about 353 Ghanaians from different countries. The 353 Ghanaians are said to have been deported within the first three months of the year 2016.
The countries from where they were deported include Saudi Arabia where 61 deportees were recorded, Kuwait -17, UK -12, Germany -8, and Malaysia -7. Apart from the aforementioned countries, Ghanaians were also refused entry into some countries. South Africa refused entry to about 22 Ghanaians, Russia -15, Turkey -12, United Kingdom -10, and Egypt -9.
The Ghanaians deported experienced the shameful fate due to their inability to mention or provide evidence to prove that they had a host in the country of destination, and for other entry clearance issues. Head of Public Affairs of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Comptroller of Immigration (COI) Mr Francis Palmdeti, gave an analysis of the deportation to The Finder.
He said that 174 out of the given number were deported. Analysing the process, he explained that 110 of the Ghanaians deported were removed for over-staying their permits in their countries of destination, while 24 were removed for illegal stay. Then, 40 other persons were removed for various immigration-related offences and other crimes.
According to COI Palmdeti, some of the individuals were deported because Entry Clearance Officers in their discretion perceived something fishy in their permits which proved they were illegally staying in the respective countries.
Immigration is not a minor issue in most countries. It is a serious and delicate one which makes immigration authorities exercise extensive scrutiny of papers and the individuals themselves to fish out illegal immigrants.
COI Palmdeti stressed that immigration authorities do not tolerate persons who over stay or reside illegally in countries. He explained that “travelling without a clear purpose or not having a host at your destination could compel the immigration officials to deny you entry into their country”.
Having said these, he added that Ghanaians who wish to travel out of the country should seek information before they do so to avoid the same fate encountered by the other unfortunate citizens.