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Revealed: 45,000 Ghanaians Crossed Sea to Italy in 2015

President John Dramani Mahama has assured Ghanaians that his government has engaged all partners to minimize the risk of terrorist attacks in the country.

He made this known in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister for Interior, Prosper Bani at the launch of the National Migration Policy for Ghana in Accra.

It has been estimated that about 45,000 Ghanaians crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy in 2015 through unapproved routes.

These migrants, comprising young men, risked their lives to travel to Europe.

Reports from international organization for migration (IOM) indicate that there were many significant events relating to migration globally.

The migration crises in the Mediterranean made 2015 one of deadliest years in history.

About 3,772 deaths were recorded, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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Ghanaians, 3,995 men and 155 women, 41 accompanied minors and 240 unaccompanied minors, risked their lives to reach Italy in 2015.

As part of efforts to address the challenges, President Mahama pledged to fund the establishment of a Ghana National Commission on Migration in the country.

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“Migration has assumed importance in the global agenda, as its potential for economic and social development is increasingly acknowledged.

“Migration is now widely recognized as key to development and poverty reduction.”

He said despite the importance of migration for Ghana’s development, it also presented significant challenges to the country.

Professor Mariama Awumbila of the Centre for Migration Studies, Legon, who read the overview of the National Migration Policy, said the book was formulated against the backdrop of several policy frameworks, including the constitution of Ghana and the Ghana Shared Growth and development agenda.

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