Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has debunked media reports suggesting a supposed partnership between the UK and Ghana on third-country asylum, as part of the cooperation between the two countries on security and migration.
The Ministry in a statement released dismissed a Sky News report on a supposed partnership between Ghana and UK on a third country asylum.
According to the Ministry, Ghana is not interested in any third country asylum partnership with the British government.
The ministry further stated that it has not held any discussion or received any proposal from the British government centered on third country asylum partnership.
This comes on the back of a report by Sky News UK on the content of a Virtual Meeting the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey held with the UK Minister for Africa, Rt. Hon James Duddridge.
Sky News UK reported that the recent meeting, had addressed a partnership for third country asylum.
But in its statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said categorically that Ghana has no interest or intention to consider any proposed partnership on Third Country Asylum,”
The statement revealed that the news story by Lisa Holland, Sky News Communities Correspondent, is based on a vaguely worded tweet on the meeting on the Foreign Ministry’s Twitter Handle, which mentioned a supposed partnership between the UK and Ghana on third-country asylum, as part of the cooperation between the two countries on security and migration.
It continued: “Even though the Ghana High Commission in London explained to the journalist that her insistence on proceeding on the basis of a tweet, which did not capture the essence of the discussion, would amount to misrepresentation, Sky News proceeded with the story.”
It added that “As part of the discussion between the UK Minister and Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, the UK Minister informed Ghana Foreign Minister that the UK would be submitting a draft proposal for a partnership in areas of security and migration. So far, no such proposal has been shared with Ghana side.”
The ministry categorically stated Ghana is not interested or has no intention to consider any proposal on third country asylum.
After evacuating thousands of refugees from Afghanistan and an influx of thousands of migrants crossing the Channel illegally in small boats there is increasing pressure on the UK government to fix what is already called its “broken asylum system”.
Following many arrivals, there are concerns about the pressure on finding accommodation for new arrivals – said in a letter by the UK’s Immigration Minister Kevin Foster to MPs looking into immigration facilities.