The head of the European Union delegation to Ghana, William Hanna, has pleaded with Ghanaians to stop coming to Europe to “beg in malls” and rather stay home and build their economy.
According to a local Ghanian news outlet, Hanna told a lecture on migration at the University of Ghana that Africans need to “invest in profitable ventures in the country rather than travelling to Europe only to beg in malls.”
He said it was “undignifying” to see Ghanaians allowing “themselves to be duped and later trafficked into Europe only to be left stranded”—as if any of the Africans invading Europe are doing so by being “duped.”
Hanna recounted how he had seen Ghanaians “begging in European supermarkets just to make ends meet.
“I have a very deep picture in my mind of walking around Rome…and I see Ghanaians begging at supermarkets probably to make some money and I don’t see much dignity in that,” he said.
The cure for this, he continued, was a “more intimate collaboration with the Ghanaian government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).”
“We are not having the dialogue with the government that we should have. It should be much closer, and we should have a dialogue with civil society also involved,” he argued.
He said that all these bodies could help stop the “the problem of Ghanaians leaving to find non-existing opportunities across the Sahara.”
The report went on to quote “some research work by the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana” which revealed that “thousands of Ghanaians who embark on the perilous journey to Europe, do not do so solely because of poverty.”
According to Director of the Center “a number of migrants embark on these journeys for social reasons, like marriage.”
“Some of the amounts of money, these migrants cough up just to make these trips cannot be afforded by poor people…some pay up to 5000 euros just to make these trips,” he said.