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Present in Ghana for over 25 Years

IOM has been active in Ghana since 1987 and has contributed to the Government of Ghana’s efforts to manage migration effectively through a wide variety of projects and programmes. The organization’s main office is in Accra with sub-offices located in Accra, Brong Ahafo Region – Nkoranza, and Northern Region – Tamale. IOM activities are implemented in all 10 Regions of Ghana.

IOM Accra started its programmes by supporting the institutional capacity-building needs within the country through Phase Two of the Return of Qualified African Nationals (RQAN II) programme (1988-92). This programme facilitated the return of highly qualified African nationals including Ghanaians residing in the diaspora to contribute to the socio-economic development of Ghana by returning home to take up key positions in priority sectors including health, education, economics, finance, public service, and political administration.

Since then, the office has grown to address a variety of migration management needs. During the past 10 years, IOM Accra has been involved in migrant resettlement (refugees) and the movement of various migrants for family reunification and other opportunities to various countries throughout the world. Other IOM Accra activities include migration policy development, labour migration, migration and development, combating human-trafficking, assisted voluntary returns, border management, information campaigns on the risks and realities of migration, and humanitarian and emergency response.

IOM Ghana Facts and Figures (2002 – 2014)
Programme # Beneficiaries Assisted
Refugee Resettlement, Repatriation and Migrant Services 43,766 refugee resettlements, 12,911 repatriations and 8,027 migrant travel services  supported
Migration Health Services 103,270 migrants received health assistance
Emergency and Post-Crisis 29,265 migrants provided humanitarian assistance
Return and Reintegration 2,587 migrants assisted with return and reintegration since 2006
Counter-Trafficking (victims of trafficking assisted) 732 trafficked children rescued, rehabilitated, reunited and reintegrated
MIDA (Ghanaian diaspora) Over 35,000 health workers and students in Ghana benefitted from diaspora support
Pre-departure Cultural Orientation 3,113 migrants provided cultural orientation

Facilitating Migration

Labour Migration

Two key labour migration projects supported by the IOM mission in Ghana include the AENEAS 2006 Labour Migration Project for West Africa (LAMIWA), which ran from 2006 to 2011; and the Best Practices on Collecting and Sharing Labour Migration Data for the Improvement of Labour Market Information Systems (LMISs), which ran from 2010 to 2013.

Population (2015):27.4 million
Area:238,539 km sq
Languages :English
Currency:Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)
GDP per Capita PPP (2014):USD 4,143
HDI Rank (2014):140 of 188
Remittances (2014 estimate):USD 126 million
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):-0.7 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2015):1.5%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2015):45.6%
Population under 15 (2015):38.8%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):1.5%

Mailing address:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
P.O. Box 5222
Accra North

Visiting address:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Hse. 10, Plot 48
Osu Badu Road/Broadway
Airport West

Tel: +233.302 742 930, +233.302 742 930
Fax: +233.302 742 931
Mobile: +233.244 315 129, +233.244 315 129, +233.244 315 143, +233.244 315 143
Email: iomaccra@iom.int

Canada Visa Application Center
Tel: +233.302 742 934, +233.302 742 934

Source: un.org

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