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Refugees in Ghana

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12,019
Last updated 31 Jul 2017
Source - UNHCR, Government 
All refugees by origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Côte d'Ivoire UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  55.4%
6,656
Togo UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  27.5%
3,310
Liberia UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  10.2%
1,220
Sudan UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  2.6%
308
Others UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  1.3%
162
Central African Rep. UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  0.9%
113
Sierra Leone UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  0.7%
81
Somalia UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  0.5%
62
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  0.3%
41
Rwanda UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  0.3%
35
Chad UNHCR, Government 31 Jul 2017
  0.3%
31


Trends and observations on annual statistics for Ghana
  • About 50% of the persons of concern shown in the above table are living out of the camps.
  • Since the end of 2015, the PoC population has decreased by 31 per cent. This decrease can be attributed to the results of the Multi-Purpose Enhanced Registration Exercise (MERE) conducted during the second half of 2016. Predominantly, the MERE provided information on Ivoirian PoCs (some 5,120) and other groups that are presumed to no longer live in Ghana, owing to no-shows. These persons were deactivated in the joint UNHCR-Ghana Refugee Board database after a three month period. Some may have returned spontaneously to their countries of origin and others still, may have moved to another country.
  • The only PoCs still to be verified are the Togolese (mainly settled in Volta region), the exempted Liberian refugees, the Rwandan refugees, and a few exempted Sierra Leonean refugees. All in all, this group amounts to approximately 3,500 individuals. This reverification will be conducted in mid-2017 and will be coupled with the roll-out of the solutions strategy.
  • In 2016, 60 refugees including 52 Ivorians voluntarily repatriated with UNHCR's assistance. UNHCR and its partners facilitated the departure of 72 refugees out of a total of 97 individuals who departed for resettlement countries (including on private sponsorships).
  • The figures for Liberians include some 360 exempted refugees of Liberian origin, and approximately 1,000 locally integrated refugees of Liberian origin awaiting the issuance of their new individual documents confirming their alternative legal status. (The Liberian passport was endorsed with a four-year residency permit to live in Ghana).
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Last updated 31 Jul 2017
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      According to UNHCR estimates, statelessness affects up to 10 million people worldwide, over 1 million of which are in West Africa. There are many factors contributing to the risk of statelessness in the region, which suggest that the population at risk is very large.


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    ADRA
    Adventist Development and Relief Agency
    CARITAS
    Caritas-Ghana
    CCG
    Christian Council of Ghana
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      Ghana
    Worldbank country facts
    Capital
    Accra
    Languages
    en
    Population
    27,043,093
    Area
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    GDP growth
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    Income level
    Lower middle income
    Gini index
    42.8
    Currency
    GHS
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