The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration says it is making necessary efforts in collaboration with the UAE authorities to effect the evacuation of the stranded 431 Ghanaian nationals back to Ghana.
In this circumstance, the Ghana Consulate-General is in touch with the host officials on the matter for the protection of the welfare of our compatriots at the detention centres.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that most of our stranded Ghanaians who are currently in detention at the Al Tawadi Medical Centre and the Immigration Centre were misled by unscrupulous agents who promised unavailable jobs in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
The Statement added that agents were paid significant sums to facilitate the entry of prospective travelers into the UAE.
The stranded Ghanaians are made up of Three Hundred and Forty-one (341) males, eighty-eight (88) females and two (2) children below the ages of three.
Below is the full statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry’s attention has been drawn to the detention of some Ghanaian nationals in Dubai at the Al Tawadi Medical Centre and the Immigration Centre.
According to the report, there were Four hundred and thirty-one (431) Ghanaians, comprising Three Hundred and Forty-one (341) males, eighty-eight (88) females and two (2) children below the ages of three at the medical centre. As well as an unspecified number of African Migrants.
In the wake of the above development officers from our Consulate-General in Dubai visited our stranded compatriots at the detention centre and extended proximity consular assistance to them.
From our investigations it can be confirmed that most of our stranded compatriots were misled by unscrupulous agents who promised unavailable jobs in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, the agents were paid significant sums to facilitate the entry of the prospective travelers into the UAE.
They only discovered that the jobs they were promised were nonexistent. This development of non-availability of job opportunities in Dubai has often placed our compatriots in a precarious condition making them vulnerable and easy targets for arrest and detention by the law enforcement agencies in the UAE.
In the meantime, however, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of National Security are taking urgent action to deal with the activities of unnegotiated Travel Agencies.