Ghana MPs concerned over influx of illegal immigrants
Ghanaian lawmakers have expressed serious concerns over what they say is the increasing number of illegal immigrants pouring into the country.
During a parliamentary session in the capital Accra on Thursday, members of parliament described the influx as unacceptable, which they said may cause problems for the country economically and politically.
The concerns are being raised by politicians, months after Ghana joined the list of oil exporting countries in the world and it’s said to have a huge deposit of the black gold.
Some MPs called for the review of existing laws to curb the situation, but the exact number of illegal immigrants in the country is not known.
The Ghanaian lawmakers challenged the Ghana Immigration Service to review the visa issuing procedures in the country to ensure a tighter work permit process and put in place a more robust enforcement system.
They also reflected on how to beef up check points at the country's borders and thoroughly screen applicants for Ghanaian passport.
WADR’s Accra correspondent Kofi Agyepong reports.
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