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Foreign Affairs Minister engages Ghanaian community in Malaysia on safe migration

Ms Botchwey emphasised the critical need for Ghanaians abroad to adhere strictly to the laws of the host countries they choose to live in

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has held talks with the Ghanaian community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In her engagement with the community, Ms Ayorkor Botchwey discusses the issue of responsible migration and respect for the laws of countries Ghanaians may want to visit or live in.

Addressing her audience, on Monday, 10 June 2024, Ms Ayorkor Botchwey emphasised the critical need for Ghanaians abroad to adhere strictly to the laws of the host countries they choose to live in. She cautioned that those who engage in unlawful activities and expect the government of Ghana’s intervention should reconsider their actions.

“Breaking the laws in your host country and hoping for government intervention is not a path to be encouraged,” Ms Botchwey stated firmly.

The minister also underscored the importance of registering with Ghanaian high commissions and embassies worldwide. She stressed that this practice not only ensures that citizens receive timely assistance when needed but also helps the government to keep track of the diaspora for better support and coordination.

“Registering with our high commissions and embassies is crucial. It is a habit that should be cultivated by all Ghanaians living abroad,” the foreign affairs minister pointed out to her audience.

In a move to address the pressing issue of unsafe migration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway warned the youth against using dubious agencies to leave Ghana. She highlighted the risks associated with such practices, including exploitation and legal challenges in foreign countries.

“It is vital for our young people to avoid illegal means of migration. These routes are often fraught with dangers and uncertainties,” she warned.

Recognising the challenges posed by fraudulent migration agencies, the Minister promised to advocate for a review of the existing ban on these agencies. She emphasized the need for a more regulated system that would protect Ghanaians from exploitation and ensure safer migration processes.

“I will push for a review of the ban on migration agencies to establish a better-regulated framework that prevents fraud and safeguards our citizens,” she assured.

Minister Botchwey’s engagement in Malaysia reflects her ongoing commitment to protecting the interests of Ghanaians abroad and ensuring safe, legal, and secure migration. Her proactive approach aims to foster a responsible diaspora community that contributes positively to both their host countries and Ghana.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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