Ghana: Return home to support nation building

The Interior Ministry has announced that more than 1,800 Ivorians have benefited from a return assistance program this year.

This was announced during an event held at Ampain refugee camp in the Ellembelle district of the Western Region on Monday to mark this year’s World Refugee Day.

This figure would represent around 96% of those treated since the start of an accelerated voluntary repatriation program launched by the Ministry of Interior, the Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). in 2021.

For example, 937 Ivorian refugees were voluntarily repatriated to Côte d’Ivoire in March and April this year.

Voluntary repatriation means the voluntary return to one’s country of origin and in conditions of safety and dignity.

UNCHR, which puts the number treated at 2,000, expects all Ivorian refugees in Ghana, including those who fled post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire, to return home by June 30 this year. year.

The world organization explains that its expectation follows the invocation of the cessation clause to allow all refugees to return home, especially now, when peace and stability reign in their country.

Apart from factors such as political conflicts, civil wars, adverse climatic conditions and lack of socio-economic opportunities, people would hardly leave their home countries except for vacations or medical treatment.

It is therefore good news that Ivorian refugees in Ghana can now return home and live a peaceful life.

“Home sweet home”, a language used in Ghana and elsewhere such as Nigeria, captures the feelings and all that makes living in one’s own country an indescribable experience.

Returning refugees enjoy many benefits, such as reuniting with family and friends, as well as with their communities.

Most refugees, especially those living in African countries, usually don’t enjoy the kind of dignity they deserve because some of their host citizens may mistreat them, so returning home offers Ivorians the opportunity to choose to lead a dignified life.

They can also contribute to nation-building as it is a collective enterprise that must be undertaken by all citizens in one way or another, through socio-cultural and economic activities.

The Ghanaian Times believes that despite the fact that political instability drove Ivorians to come to Ghana, they learned lessons, experiences and even skills to help in nation building back home.