A Seat Agreement between the Government of Ghana and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was signed on the 25 August 2021 in the premises of the Embassy of Ghana in Vienna, Austria.
Overall Objective: The objective of the project is to support the Government of Ghana (GoG) in strengthening her institutional and operational capacities to manage irregular migration flows.
i.Strengthening the capacity of GIS staff involved in the fight against irregular migration to detect forged and falsified travel documents at basic, intermediate and advanced level;
ii.Strengthening cooperation and information exchange between the respective units of GIS involved in fight against irregular migration
iii.Strengthening the effectiveness of document inspection through provision of modern equipment at major entry points, at the DFEC laboratory, and for training purposes;
iv.Strengthening the capacity of the GIS PPMED to coordinate the implementation of the new GIS Strategic Plan.
Summary: Ghana is a country of origin, transit and destination, with irregular migratory flows from various countries in West Africa and other regions. Ghana is also faced with the challenges of cross border crimes, which poses a threat to national security. The use of fraudulent identity is often a necessity for those that engage in cross border crimes such as trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, terrorism, smuggling of drugs, weapons and other contraband goods etc. Hence the need to strengthen the capacity of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to combat irregular migration and cross border crimes.
The GIS has the sole mandate to regulate and monitor the entry, exit and residence of foreigners in Ghana. Within the GIS, there is a specialized Section; the Document Fraud Expertise Centre (DFEC), which is responsible for the examination, analysis and verification of all types of documents, including but not limited to Passports, Marriage, Birth and Death certificates, Visas, Permits (Residence/Work) for the various Permit Processing Sections of the GIS, as well as other government and non-governmental stakeholders.