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The Africa Report | Government alarmed as more Ghanaians ditch nationality

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Posted July 16, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Africa ~ 1,632 views

     

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The high cost of living in Ghana forced 817 people mostly women to relocate to other countries after renouncing their citizenship in 2013, the government said on Monday. All the 450 females and 367 males who sought citizenship in Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Hong Kong and China were granted.

Almost every week, people come over to naturalize as Germans unlike in previous times. The majority of the applicants were health professionals, mostly doctors and nurses, who were offered job opportunities with better conditions in the countries that do not accept dual citizenship.

Germany led the way by granting 538 people from Ghana citizenship followed by Netherlands (233), Norway (32), Denmark (7), Austria (5) and Hong Kong as well as China with one each.

Interior minister Kwasi Ahwoi told journalists at a ‘meet-the-press series’ meeting that the main motive for the renunciation was “economic reasons.” A top official in the ministry responsible for the migration unit described the situation as very alarming.

“The rate at which Ghanaians are naturalising as Germans is alarming. “Almost every week, people come over to naturalize as Germans unlike in previous times, when they go seeking for greener pastures,” he said.

In contrast 39 foreigners Ghanaians citizenship and 29 applications were approved while the remaining 10 are outstanding. Of these, 17 people were Lebanese, five Indians and one each from Nigeria, Korea, Egypt, America, Britain and Liberia.

Ahwoi pledged government’s commitment to ensure all agencies collaborate to provide safe and secure environment for economic activities to thrive and consolidate the nation’s middle income status.

The Monetary Policy Committee of Bank of Ghana raised the policy rate by 100 basis points after the committee’s meeting on July 9, while the government statistician also announced that year-on-year inflation soared to 15.0% in June from 14.8%, in May.

Ghana’s transport union increased transport fares on Monday by 15% lower than the simultaneous surge in fuel prices over 20%. The price of petrol (premium) was up by 23.08% translating a litre of the commodity, which, hitherto, sold at GH¢2.73 per litre is now GH¢3.36 a litre.

The development has pushed up prices of basic food stuffs like plantain, yam, cassava, and other local staples, while house rents are also steadily moving upwards with weak regulatory body to control it.

Source — The Africa Report.


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