431 stranded Ghanaians evacuated from the United Arab Emirates
The Government of Ghana is evacuating 431 Ghanaians, who are stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The stranded Ghanaians are in detention in Dubai at the AI Tawadi Medical Centre and the Immigration Centre.
The Ghanaian nationals comprise 341 males, 88 females and two children below the age of three.
It seems most of the stranded travelers were misled with promise of unavailable jobs in Dubai and UAE by unscrupulous agents who were paid huge sums of money.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said “In the wake of the above development, officers from our Consulate-General in Dubai visited our stranded compatriots at the detention centre and extended proximity consular assistance to them.”
“They only discovered that the jobs they were promised were non-existent. This development of non-availability of job opportunities in Dubai has often placed our compatriots in a precarious condition, making them vulnerable and easy targets for arrest and detention by the law enforcement agencies in the UAE.”
The Ghana Consulate-General is in touch with the host officials on the matter for the protection of the welfare of the stranded Ghanaians at the detention centres.
Even though the stranded Ghanaians went to the UAE on their own accord, the Government is making necessary efforts to effect the evacuation of the stranded travelers back to Ghana.
The ministry cautioned prospective travellers to the Gulf Region to be mindful of the nefarious activities of unscrupulous agents, pointing out that the Ministries of the Interior and National Security were taking urgent action to deal with the activities of “unnegotiated travel” agencies.
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