The Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) says it has received 22 Ghanaian deportees from Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) who have been deported for various immigration-related infractions.
According to the GIS, the deportees who were all males, with ages ranging from 21 to 60 years were repatriated for a plethora of reasons including over- staying their entry permits and illegal stay.
In a statement signed by its Regional Public Affairs Officer, KIA, Ms Barbara Sam, the GIS indicated that 17 of the deportees were repatriated from Germany under the escort of sixty seven police officers and some paramedics while the rest were repatriated for UK under the escort 63 police officers with two paramedics and an officer from the British High Commission in Ghana as an observer.
It said out of the 17 deportees from Germany who stayed in the country between three and 10 years, 15 of them arrived on Travel Certificates (TC) issued by the Ghana Embassy in Berlin, Germany, while the remaining two came on Ghanaian passports. It added that 10 of them are from the Ashanti Region, five are from Greater Accra, one from Bono Region and last person, from Northern Region.
“The deportees from UK who are aged between 26 – 60 years were working and schooling and have lived in the UK for between (5) months and ten (10) years. Three (3) arrived with UK Overstay Certificates issued by the British Authorities and two on Ghanaian passports. The regional distribution are; Ashanti two (2), Greater Accra two (2) and one from the Bono Regions,” the statement added.
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It further stated that in an interview with one of the deportees who is a University graduate and has lived in Germany since 2016, he admitted that he has erred and deserves the deportation.
“They were admitted into the country after going through the necessary arrival procedures including screening to authenticate their nationalities and counselling by a Clinical Psychologist,” it said.
“Present at the exercise were officials from the Ghana Immigration Service, and other security agencies including National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) who facilitated the transportation of the deportees to their various destinations,” the statement added.
The Commander of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, (ACI) Edith Penelope Arhin, the statement said advised prospective travellers to always endeavour to travel with the requisite documents and visas and heed to timelines to avoid deportation.
“This is because deportation can ruin one’s chance of ever travelling to that country again,” it said.