The minister of information, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in a press briefing early on today, Friday, 22nd May, 2020, has revealed that 245 illegal immigrant Ghanaians in Kuwait will be deported back to the country tomorrow, Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.
This, he explained has been occasioned by agreed upon correspondence between the government of Kuwait and the Government of Ghana to deport these persons after they were found to be illegally living in the foreign country.
The minister however clarified that this does not mean the borders of Ghana has been opened nor does it mean evacuation of Ghanaians abroad have started.
He assured Ghanaians that upon touching down, all 245 persons will be mandatory quarantined and tested for the covid-19. All persons who test positive will be isolated and treated at the covid-19 treatment centre. Those who test negative, however, will be made to wait for the 14 day period to test negative the second time, before allowed to leave the testing centre. He stated that the government of Ghana will bare the cost of quarantine and treatment.
Laws on deportation
The minister further stated that since these persons are deportees, they will be in the custody of the immigration service of Ghana for checks to be made on their illegal stay in Kuwait.
On evacuation of Ghanaians abroad
The minister revealed that over a thousand names of Ghanaians abroad have been gathered across different countries and that government is examining cohort by cohort basis, what the issues are and the feasibility of evacuation of these persons in line with the immigration laws and the covid-19 response program pending the final determination of whether or not these persons or some, would be brought back to Ghana.