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Some developmental effects of international migration of skilled labour from Ghana

Alex Asiedu, University of Ghana

Contemporary anecdotal evidence indicates that close to 4 million Ghanaians reside outside the boundaries of the country. Among these non-resident citizens are professionals trained with the tax payers’ money and whose services are badly needed for national development. In recent years however, these expatriates have become major sources for critical resource mobilization for national development. The question that arises from the above account is that-Has Ghana gained or lost in this exchange? This paper attempts to provide some answers to this question by; a) reviewing the literature on globalization, international labour migration, return visitations and other related issues b) using Ghana as a case study, attempt a discussion on the positive and negative aspects of this process and c) provide recommendations towards enhancing the benefits associated with such movements. Data for this paper will be sourced from census data, Bank of Ghana documents and other related data.

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Presented in Session 69: Consequences of African international migration