One hundred and sixty-five Ghanaians have been voluntarily repatriated to Ghana under the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Voluntary Humanitarian Return and Reintegration (VHR) initiative of Libya.
With the help of Ghana’s Embassy in Tripoli, the migrants were flown to the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Thursday, February 8, 2024.
The Ministry of Information ahead of their arrival released a statement to confirm it.
“Libya will, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration, repatriate about one hundred and sixty-five (165) Ghanaian nationals from Libya by charter Flight on Thursday, February 8, 2024. The Flight is scheduled to arrive at the Kotoka International Airport at 1500 hours GMIT.”
Before this the government of Libya had repatriated home 134 Ghanaian nationals from Misrata in October 2023.
The IOM Voluntary Humanitarian Return and Reintegration (VHR) programme supports migrants to voluntarily return to their countries of origin. Services under the VHR programme are designed to provide tailored support to migrants in Libya and upon return to their countries of origin.
The VHR entails Protection, Health assistance and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support teams to provide assistance that helps to safeguard the safety and well-being of migrants, particularly those with vulnerabilities.
So far, 629 Ghanaians have benefited from the programme.