Lecturer at the Center for Migration Studies, Dr. Leander Kandilige has attributed the country’s rising unemployment rate to the unexpected return of migrants.
According to her, migrants returnees tend to have various needs as they return to their origin of country without resources and this he noted is as result of crisis in the country they find themselves.
“Returnee Migrants have various needs. Some of them return without resources because they have been forcibly evicted because there is a crisis at the destination and they happen to come and because they’ve lost their properties and as well as their savings, when they come it is a negative impact on the household and the community” he noted
Dr. Leander Kandilige noted that the unexpected return of these migrants burdens their families which in effect, contributes largely to the unemployment rate in the country.
“…because the community and the household used to rely on them for remittance income and whiles that has been abruptly ended, it becomes a burden on the family. Now if they come and add to the unemployment numbers in the country, that becomes an additional problem because we didn’t anticipate for their return, so government has already come out with its budgetary plans and we know how many people we are going to cater for. So that puts additional pressure on the government.” he said.
Dr. Leander Kandilige spoke exclusively to Univers News on the sidelines at a conference presentation organized bythe International Center for Migration Policy Development in collaboration with the University of Ghana Center for Migration Studies which was dubbed “Assisting Migrants During and After Emergencies”.
The event was held at the Dr. Earnest Addison room at the University of Ghana.
The event was part of the EU-funded project “Migrants in Countries in Crisis”which aims to support an evidence-based approach for effective and cooperative state action.
Story by: Nicholas Brown/universnewsroom.com