We, together: IOM Ghana and partners celebrate International Migrants Day with returnees and community members in Takoradi

Starting December 8, 2019, events were held in Ghana for one week in observance of International Migrants Day.

Led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners, including Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and with support from the European Union (EU) and GIZ Ghana, this year’s International Migrants Day (IMD) was marked with week-long activities in New Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana. Inspired by the global IMD theme of Social Cohesion, thousands of people in New Takoradi were engaged in several activities with the aim to raise awareness, especially among the youth, not to risk their lives in order to find greener pastures elsewhere; to give hope to returnees that they too can reintegrate into their communities successfully; and to encourage communities to embrace returnees and not to stigmatise them, and help them re-establish themselves back home. 

Participants witnessed fun games, participated in a graffiti event, and returnees shared their migration stories. IOM’s Goodwill Ambassador and Ghanaian singer Kofi Kinaata, in a concert, reminded the youth that there is “no Place Like Home”.

Read more about how IMD 2019 commemoration unfolded in Ghana here.

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Juliane Reissig
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