Prospective travellers need to use the right immigration process to travel, Mr Benjamin Woesten, Head of Ghanaian-German Centre (GGC), has stated
He said irregular migration involved a lot of risks which needed to be avoided.
Mr Woesten said this at a press soiree to interact with the media and also commemorate the five years anniversary celebration of the GGC in Accra last Friday.
He commended the media for its contribution to national development, stating that “the media is a key stakeholder in all spheres of life”.
The Senior National Programmes Coordinator, GGC, Mr David Tetteh, stated that the GGC was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in December 2017.
He stated that the Centre was a hub for employment promotion, issues related to migration and diaspora and reintegration support in Ghana.
One main objective of the Centre is to complement the government’s efforts in creating opportunities and sources of livelihood to curb youth unemployment in Ghana.
It also provides information on opportunities in the Ghanaian labour market to the local population.
The Centre also offers individual counselling on existing services and measures for the socioeconomic reintegration of returned migrants in Ghana.
“We advise them on regular migration and labour mobility, counselling, institutional support and capacity development and social support” he added.
Mr Tetteh said some of the activities undertaken by the Centre since 2017 included 16,497 counselling sessions, six job career fairs, 2,197 psychosocial support, and 9,344 business start-up support.
He said returnees from Germany comprised of 18 per cent and 82 per cent, adding that around 80 per cent of returnees were interested in entrepreneurship start-up, and 20 per cent job opportunities.
BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI