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Working together to make migration safer

Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Ghanas Minister für Beschäftigung und Arbeitsbeziehungen, und Bundesentwicklungsministerin Svenja Schulze im Ghanaisch-Europäischen Zentrum für Jobs, Migration und Entwicklung (GEC). Im Hintergrund: Bundesarbeitsminister Hubertus Heil. Foto: GIZ/ Kwadwo Asiedu Danquah
Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, and Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze in the GEC. Photo: GIZ/ Kwadwo Asiedu Danquah

Working together to make migration safer

Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze and Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil announced a realignment of Germany’s development cooperation relating to migration during their trip to Ghana in February. The aim is to ensure safe, regular and orderly migration from which all sides benefit.

Promoting regular migration

The team of advisors at the centre in Accra will continue to support returnees from Germany, Europe and other countries with rebuilding a future for themselves in Ghana. But in future, the aim is also to make the centre more of a contact point for people who want to migrate regularly to Germany, Europe or within their region.

“The intention is that the centre should present a modern, holistic view of migration, whereby Germany not only trains and wins workers for our job market, but also propels economic development and the creation of jobs within Ghana”, said Development Minister Svenja Schulze.

“It’s important to explain the regular migration routes to people on the ground in these countries, and to provide them with information about the requirements in the European labour market”, added Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil. “The local migration advisory centre here therefore fulfils an important function as a central point of contact for information and advice.”

As Ignatius Baffour Awuah, the Ghanaian Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, stressed: “Our primary goal of creating good jobs for young people is non-negotiable. We believe that this, among other things, will mean that irregular migration will soon be a thing of the past.”

The EU will also help fund the centre in Accra in the future. Irchad Razaaly, EU Ambassador to Ghana: “Europe’s involvement in the centre is a significant milestone in our new cooperation with Germany and Ghana.” The centre’s new name also reflects this: the Ghanaian-European Centre for Jobs, Migration and Development, or GEC.

A major shift in German migration policy

“The Federal Government has decided on a paradigm shift in German migration policy. This also applies to our development cooperation. Properly managed migration can create huge potential for economic development in our partner countries, but also for us”, said Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze in Accra.

The centre in Ghana is part of the flagship initiative “Centres for Migration and Development” for which the BMZ has currently selected nine countries. In addition to the GEC in Ghana, the existing centres in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq and Pakistan will in future provide more detailed advice on safe, regular and orderly migration. New centres are being planned for Jordan and Indonesia.

As of: 04/2023

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