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Ghana

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About Ghana

Population: Ghana is a multi-ethnic country. The largest ethnic group is the Ashanti people. Ghana’s population of approximately 30 million spans a variety of ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. As of 22 June 2019, Ghana has a population of 30,083,000. Around 29 percent of the population is under the age of 15, while persons aged 15–64 make up 57.8 percent of the population.

Economy: Ghana’s growing economic prosperity and democratic political system have made it a regional power in West Africa. The Ghana economy is an emerging digital-based mixed economy hybrid with an increasing primary manufacturing and export of digital technology goods along with assembling and exporting automobiles and ships, diverse resource rich exportation of industrial minerals, agricultural products primarily cocoa, petroleum and natural gas.

As of 2014, there are 375,000 registered legal skilled workers (permanent residents) or foreign workers/students (i.e. Ghana Card holders) inhabitants with an annually 1.5 million transited airport layovers.

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Ghanaians in Diaspora

About Ghana

Why Ghanaians Relocate to the Diaspora

The decision to migrate in Ghana has often been a response to a combination of several factors, including economic, social and political and environmental factors such as poverty, landlessness and economic dislocations.

These factors are also often linked to factors such as trade, urbanisation and the growth of administrative sectors, agriculture, land degradation and rural poverty to induce migration, both internal and international.

Body Repatriation for Ghanaians in the Diaspora

In Ghana repatriated bodies are received at the Kotoka International Airport. The airport also has clearance facilities for repatriated human remains. 

Cost of Dead Body Repatriation to Ghana

Cost varies depending on where you are repatriating the body from, service provider's fee structure and if there are any other requirements that need to be paid. 

The average cost of repatriating a body from the UK to Ghana is about £3500.

Requirements for Dead Body Repatriation to Ghana

  • Original death certificate recognised by the country where the death occurred.  
  • Contagious  / Non contagious disease certificate
  • Embalming report 
  • Certified Copy of death certificate
  • Locally listed burial and/or transit permit
  • Embalmers’ (non-contagious) affidavit
  • Non-contagious disease letter from local health authority
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Documents mailed should include a self-addressed, trackable and stamped return envelope.
  • For Cremated remains:
  • Certified copy of death certificate
  • Cremation certificate
  • Hermetically sealed container

Essential for Repatriating a dead body to Ghana

  • Note: All documents submitted must be in triplicate (Original and Two Photocopies
  • If in doubt of the procedures, get in touch with the Ghananian Embassy in the repatriating country. 

How long does it take to repatriate a dead body to Ghana? 

It’s generally not possible to know in advance how long it will take to repatriate a body into Ghana.  However, once all the paperwork has been done, it takes approximately 5 – 20 working days depending on the Funeral Director’s logistics arrangements. 

Ghana Diaspora Population

According to Wikipedia, there are about +/-4 million Ghanaians that are living in the diaspora. They are spread across the following countries:

  • Brazil- 400,000
  • USA- 116,807
  • UK- 100,000
  • Italy- 50,400
  • Netherlands- 40,000
  • Germany- 29,500
  • Canada- 35,495
  • Rest of the world- 67,499

The total population of Ghana is estimated to be at 31 Million people according to Wikipedia. 

As stated above, the 4 million diaspora citizens make up 13% of the documented population. Statistics show that the majority of Ghanaian nationals emigrate to European countries and some neighbouring African countries for job opportunities.

10% of the Ghanaian citizens live in Brazil. These are known as the Tabom People. Their history dates back to the 19th century when they were taken to Brazil as slaves and ended up settling in the country.

5.4% of the population in the diaspora lives in the UK and USA. 

Ghana Diaspora Remittances

According to a report by the IOM on remittances, Ghana comes second after Nigeria as the country which received the highest amount of remittances. Ghana receives remittances of +/-$3.5 Billion per year from its citizens living out of the country as follows:

  • USA- $600M
  • NIGERIA- $400M
  • UK- $300M
  • ITALY- $150M
  • GERMANY- 110M
  • TOGO- $80M
  • CANADA- $80M

How Funds Are Remitted to Ghana

Channels used by most Ghanaians to send money back home to friends and relatives:

  1. World Remit
  2. XOOM (A PayPal Service)
  3. Remitly
  4. Wise (formerly known as Transferwise)
  5. Western Union

Reasons for sending remittances to Ghana

Remittances have become an important source for socio-economic equalizing and leveraging for many households and nations of the developing country. Migrants are said to have become the lifelines of their families back home.

Majority of the remittances sent home are primarily for upkeep of family members remaining in Ghana.

Ghana Connectivity

Most Ghanaians use internet applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and E-mails to communicate with their family back home. In most African countries, using data to make a call is much cheaper than it is to use mobile airtime to phone overseas. 

Below are the statistics on the internet users in Ghana and how widely spread Ghanaians are over the internet and on Social Media.

Internet users in Ghana

  • There were 15.70 million internet users in Ghana as at January 2021 
  • The number of internet users in Ghana increased by 943 thousand (+6.4%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • Internet penetration in Ghana stood at 50.01% in January 2021

Social Media Statistics for Ghana

  • There were 8.20 million social media users in Ghana in January 2021
  • The number of social media users in Ghana increased by 2.2 million (+37%) between 2020 and 2021.
  • The number of social media users in Ghana was equivalent to 26.1% of the total population in January 2021.

Mobile Connections in Ghana

  • There were 41.69 million mobile connections in Ghana in January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Ghana increased by 3.1 million (+8.1%) between January 2020 and January 2021.
  • The number of mobile connections in Ghana in January 2021 was equivalent to 132.8% of the total population.

Note: many people have more than one mobile connection, so figures for mobile connections may exceed 100% of the total population.

Source: https://datareportal.com/reports/digital-2021-ghana

GHANA KEY EMBASSY/ CONSULATE DETAILS

Ghana Embassy in Brazil

Ghana Embassy Brazil

SHIS QL 10, Conjunto 8, Casa 2 – Lago Sul

Postal Code: 71630-085

Brasília – DF – Brasil

Tel: +55 (61) 3248-6047 / +55 (61) 3248-6049

Email: ghanaembassy@brazilmail.com 

Embassy of Ghana in the UK

Ghana High Commission

13 Belgrave Square,

London SW1X 8PN

Tel:  +44(0)207 201 5901

+44(0)207 201 5900

+44(0)207 201 5921

Ghana High Commission

104 Highgate Hill,

London N6 5HE

Tel: +44(0)203 302 2288

Email: myquery@ghanahighcommissionuk.com

Embassy of Ghana in USA

in Washington

3512 International Drive NW,

20008, Washington, United States

Phone: +1-202-686-4520

Email: info@ghanaembassydc.org /Website URL: https://www.ghanaembassydc.org 

Embassy of Ghana in Australia

Suite 15, Level 1, 301 Castlereagh Street

NSW 2000

Sydney

Australia

Tel: +612-9299-6650

Email: enquiries@ghanacg.com.au

Latest information on the status of Ghanaians living in the diaspora

For consulate and embassy information on Ghana, please contact Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

CONTACT DETAILS:

No. 5 Agostinho Neto Rd. Liberation Avenue,

Airport Residential Area,

Accra.

GPS Address: GA - 057 - 0036

Tel: +233 30 299 9604 / +233 30 2738 473

Email: info@mfa.gov.gh / ipab@mfa.gov.gh 

Website: https://www.mfa.gov.gh 


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