Ghana’s Embassy in Tripoli, in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has coordinated the repatriation of 165 Ghanaian nationals from Libya to Ghana.
The move, announced by the Information Ministry in a press release on Thursday, February 8, saw the group arrive at Kotoka International Airport at 1500 hours GMT.
This effort follows similar initiatives, including the repatriation of 169 Ghanaians from Tripoli to Accra last October, and the voluntary return of 134 Ghanaian nationals from Misrata to Ghana on October 10, 2023, under the Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme.
In total, 629 Ghanaians have benefited from the VHR programme in 2023.
Priority has been accorded to individuals in detention centres, those in need of medical assistance, families with children, stranded individuals, and destitute individuals requiring aid to return to Ghana.
“IOM works closely with the Government of Ghana and other partners as well as with communities to assist returning migrants to reintegrate sustainably, restart their lives and mitigate drivers of irregular migration. We are proud to have supported 5143 Ghanaians (4449 men, 715 women) who have voluntarily returned under the programme since 2017,” said IOM Ghana Chief of Mission, Ms. Fatou Diallo Ndiaye.
Importantly, trained staff from IOM, Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) provided psychological first aid and mental health screenings to assess the need for further assistance and possible referrals.
The migrants were excited to be greeted by Kofi Kinaata, who took the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment as IOM Ghana Goodwill Ambassador.