Ghana Immigration officials to repatriate illegal Chinese miners

Ghanaian Immigration authorities are to repatriate more than 200 Chinese nationals arrested for engaging in illegal gold mining. The arrested illegal miners were paraded at the premises of the service before being taken through their paperwork and subsequent repatriation.

Several Chinese nationals alleged to be working as illegal miners have been rounded up at different parts of the country, mostly gold mining communities, and are also expected to be deported back to China.

Francis Palmdetti
Francis Palmdetti

Most of those arrested have expired documents but managed to work in the country, according to an official from the immigration service. Spokesperson for the immigration service, Francis Palmdetti also disclosed that other West African nationals from Togo and Nigeria were also arrested for prospecting for gold.

“With respect to those we took custody of yesterday, these were west African national who were brought in from the Eastern region,” he said.

Mr. Palmdetti said those arrested did not have their passports with them to ascertain their true nationality, eventhough some had indicated they are Ghanaian nationals.

“So we have to scream them to know exactly whether the nationalities they claim or the countries they claim they come from are true, so we’d have to liaise ease with their embassies or the countries they have mentioned to also come and do their screening to establish whether indeed they are nationals of that country.”

According to him, once the process has been completed the repatriation process will then begin.

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