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Processing migration data for the Ghana Immigration Service

IOM / The European Union - Development of Computer-based Data Processing System for Ghana Immigration Service

SDG 16 - Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

Project Detail


As in many developing countries, the Ghana Immigration Service(GIS) lacked a joint data management platform which caused migration data to be scattered across agencies and ministries, hampering the sharing of data for policy development. To address the challenges of migration, GIS, with funding from the European Union, worked on the Ghana Integrated Migration Management Approach (GIMMA) project with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to establish a system to make disaggregated migration data available for better policy planning.

Migration cards were given to migrants to track migration data generated at all the entry/exit points in Ghana. However, the data from the cards were not fully captured electronically, thus there was an important backlog of cards and piles of paper-based records from 2000. Hence, the development of a functional electronic system was needed to retrieve the information.


The Bewsys team designed a system which retrieved the information through scanning about 1.8 million migration cards  from the 2015 migration data. The system was designed taking into account data entry, integrity  and security. Immigration officers at the GIC Headquarters, Kotoka International Airport, Aflao, Elubo, and Paga borders were trained on the usage of the electronic data system. 


Now, the wealth of information collated on migration will not be lost with the passage of time due to inadequate and inappropriate storage space and facilities or the effect of the weather. The data processing system is helping disaggregate data faster and contributing to accurate migration statistics to measure progress towards the targets of the sustainable development goals. The Government of Ghana can effectively contribute to gradually achieving the SDGs by promoting institutional development and public service delivery. 

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