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Managing migration in Sub-Saharan Africa with particular reference to Ghana

Michael Kofi Nsiah, Sunyani Polytechnic

Outgoing migration has attracted international attention recently because of desperate efforts by migrants especially from Sub-Saharan Africa to enter Europe clandestinely via sea-lanes, and other routes resulting in deaths. Remittances from migrants in Europe have been playing critical role in the economies of Sub Saharan African countries. Records from the Bank of Ghana for example, indicates that remittances from abroad increased from $680 million to $1.4 billion in 2004 representing a third of GDP with the bulk of these remittances going into consumption, education and housing (Addoh) Nevertheless, each migrant leaving SSA, deprives the country of vital manpower for development. The paper therefore, examines the dangers of illegal out-migration, and how migration can be managed effectively as a poverty reduction strategy in Ghana so as to achieved its positive effects as well as how international cooperation in migration may be maximized to benefit Ghana and its development partners.

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Presented in Poster Session 4