Seventeen Ghanaians deported from Germany arrived on a chartered flight CT3721 at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), the Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has said.
According to the Service, they were deported for immigration-related issues such as overstaying their entry permit and illegal stay.
The 17 deportees who had stayed in German between three and 10 years arrived with 15 persons using Travel Certificates (TC) issued by Ghanaian Embassy in Berlin while the two others used their Ghanaian passports.
Ten of the deportees are from Ashanti Region, five from Greater Accra, and one each from Bono and the Northern Regions.
In an interview with one of the deportees who is a University graduate and has lived in Germany since 2016, he stated that he is not bitter about the deportation.
He explained that although he was given three months visitors permit to remain in the country, he rather stayed beyond that. According to him, he is disappointed in himself for wasting all these three years and have not done anything meaningful with his life.
In a related development, the Home Office of the United Kingdom (UK) has also deported five Ghanaians who have overstayed their entry permits.
The five who also arrived with a chartered flight HFY221 were under 63 escorts including two paramedics, and one official from the High Commissioner as an observer.
The deportees who are aged between 26 – 60 years were working and schooling and have lived in the UK for between five months and 10 years.
Three arrived with UK Overstay Certificates issued by the British Authorities and two on Ghanaian passports.
The regional distribution is; Ashanti two, Greater Accra two and one from the Bono Regions.
They were admitted into the country after going through the necessary arrival procedures including screening to authenticate their nationalities and counselling by a Clinical Psychologist.