Ghana launches National Migration Policy

Date Publish: 
Friday, April 8, 2016

Ghana - The Government of Ghana has formally launched a National Policy on Migration and its implementation plan, in Accra on 5 April 2016, with support from IOM.  For the first time in the history of Ghana, the Government has formulated a comprehensive Policy to guide the management of its internal, intra-regional and international migration flows. The aim of the policy is to promote the benefits and minimize the costs of migration.  

The development of the National Migration Policy was supported by IOM through the IOM Development Fund (IDF) project ‘Developing a Migration Policy to integrate Migration into the National Development Framework for Ghana’.

IOM has actively worked with the Migration Unit of the Ministry of the Interior and the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Migration (IMSCM) throughout the development of the policy to its validation and adoption.

In addition to setting the strategy to address the complex and mixed migration challenges faced by Ghana, the policy prioritizes important enablers such as the collection and dissemination of migration data, the establishment of a coherent institutional framework, and resource mobilization for implementation.

The policy comprehensively addresses key migration issues in Ghana including: irregular migration, human trafficking, migrants smuggling, labour migration, brain drain and gain, diaspora engagement, dual citizenship, remittances, return, readmission, and reintegration of Ghanaian migrants, Border management, refugees issues and many more. It also covers the important linkages between migration and climate change, health, trade, tourism, education and gender.

“Migration is desirable, when it is well managed and with this policy the Government of Ghana has taken a resolute step towards enhanced migration governance. It has now outlined its whole-of-government vision for managing migration and committed to mitigating the negative impacts of migration while at the same time fully embracing its developmental potential. This is a great achievement and IOM congratulates the Government of Ghana on this important step forward”, said Ms. Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, Chief of Mission, IOM Ghana.

Hon. Prosper Bani, Ghana’s Minister for the Interior, who launched the policy document on behalf of His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the President of the Republic of Ghana said, “Attempts in the past in Ghana to intervene and respond to migration issues have been piece-meal and fragmented in character and lacked policy coherence. Consequently, the National Migration Policy is to promote a comprehensive and sustainable approach to the management of migration for the development of Ghana.”

The European Union Delegation to Ghana which has supported the development of the policy in its initial stages as well as the German Development Cooperation, GIZ and the Italian Ambassador to Ghana, both key supporters of this initiative were also part of the launch ceremony.

IOM remains committed to providing technical assistance to the government to establish sound mechanisms that will ensure an effective implementation of the policy. On the occasion of the launch, it encouraged the Ministry of Interior to draw on the contributions of the many national actors and important partners including civil society organizations and development partners.

For further information please contact: Daniel Sam, at IOM Accra, Tel +233 (0) 243 488817 email: