Officials of the Ghana Immigration Service in the Sissala East Municipality of the Upper West Region have commenced a mass registration exercise of all illegal immigrants who have pitched camp in some communities in the municipality.
The exercise follows an influx of Burkinabe nationals who fled their country to settle in the area because of attacks in northern Burkina Faso.
The Sissala East Municipal Security Council led by officials by the Ghana Immigration Service visited some of the settlements.
The sector commander of the Immigration Service in Tumu, Emmanuel Donko said the service is currently profiling all the immigrants.
“The migration is quite alarming, they have come with their families, their wives and children. The whole family has moved. It is not just simple to categorize all of them as illegal immigrants, we have to profile them and that is why this exercise is necessary,” he said.
Chief Executive of the Sissala East Municipal Assembly, Karim Nanyua said all the necessary things are being put in place to ensure security for the immigrants.
“We need to provide them with the security, we also have to make sure they have basic social amenity. We also have to see how we are going to provide temporal basic structures, shelter is very important. The rain in this part of the country hasn’t started so we are thankful other than that, they [immigrants] would be stranded”
This week, hundreds of victims of terrorist attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso are currently seeking refuge in Ghana.
Chief Executive of the Sissala East Municipal Assembly, Karim Nanyua had told Citi News that over 300 Burkina Faso nationals are seeking refuge within his jurisdiction.
“They were found in two different places. The estimation of people in the first place was about 200 plus people while the second place was about 100 plus of refugees. During an interrogation with the people, they claimed they came from the border between Burkina Faso and Mali. They indicated that there had been a terrorist attack around that area. They said they are farmers and they had countless attacks on them and on their farms, where some of them have been killed. So they are here to seek refuge and continue with their farming,” the MCE stated.