Ghana accepts Syrian refugees; Rwandans, Yemenis also allowed resettlement

Ghana is ready to accept the resettlement in Accra of some refugees in response to various requests by international allies.

A release issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hannah Serwaa Tetteh, said Ghana at the end of 2015 accepted a request from the International Criminal Tribunal to resettle two Rwandans and give them residence in Accra.

“At the request of the US Government we have also agreed to accept two detainees of Yemeni origin who were detained in Guantanamo but who have been cleared of any involvement in any terrorist activities and are being released,” the release said.

Additionally the Government has decided to allow relatives of members of the Syrian community already resident in Ghana who have been displaced as a result of the conflict in their country to resettle in Ghana.

The decision by Ghana to accept refugees from the Middle East comes in the wake of migrant crisis in Europe as a result of the mass fleeing the political unrests in Syria.

The situation has raised security concerns among many European cities with the latest being Germany’s Cologne, where some Arab and North African looking men sexually assaulted women at the city’s main railway station on New Year’s Eve.

But Ghana’s Foreign Minister has assured of the safety and security of Ghanaians.

“We wish to assure the public that in doing so we are cognizant of the need to protect the safety and security of our own citizens and are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that is done.”

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Ms Tetteh said all the refugees who are being allowed into the country are subject to security clearance and their activities will be monitored during their two-year stay in the country.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh