Volta tops migration to other regions – Statistical Service

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The Ghana Statistical Service has revealed that nearly 30% of Ghanaians have migrated from their place of birth as at the end of 2021.

In a thematic report on migration deduced from the 2021 Population and Housing Census, the Service said that the Volta region lost the highest population amongst ten (10) regions that have a negative migration effect.

The report also reveals that of the nearly 300,000 non-Ghanaians present in the country, Nigerians, Togolese and Nigeriens have the highest proportions.

The lead author of the report, Prof. John Anarfi who spoke at the presentation of the migration report said with six regions Greater Accra leading with the highest number of people who move into that region.

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“There are other regions like the Ashanti, Western, Bono East and Western North about six of them and Bono where the people who moved in were more than those who moved out. So for these regions we can say they gained population through migration, but for all the others those who moved out were more than those who moved in. So we can say those regions were losing population.

Net migration is just the balance between in migration and out migration and if you strike the balance, and it is positive, then it means that the region is receiving more people into it. If it is negative, then it means it is sending more people out of the region,” Mr. Anarfi stated.

He continued: “Using that alone, about ten of the regions are out migrating regions. The Volta region, Upper East, Upper West the magnitude is very high. There has been a decline in the number of non-Ghanaians population in the country between 2010 and 2021. Whereas in 2010 we had close to 400,000, in 2021 we had just 300,000 who were non-Ghanaians.”

Meanwhile, Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim is charging government and policymakers to make use of statistical findings and data to improve policy decisions in the country.

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