This country study begins with an introduction and then contains
chapters as follows: characteristics and dispersal of Ghanaian migrants,
estimates on the volume of informal (unrecorded) flows to Ghana, the use
of informal remittance systems amongst Ghanaians, types of informal
remittance systems, determinants of informal remittances to Ghana, and
A large population of Ghanaians lives outside Ghana, and their
contribution to the Ghanaian economy and to individual households is
increasingly recognized. Mass emigration in the 1970s and 1980s has
helped to sustain a steady flow of migrants up to the present and
created a large diaspora that spans Europe, North America and elsewhere.
This has shaped remittance flows, the volumes of which are difficult to
measure accurately, as discussed in the third section. Estimates on
formal remittances made by the IMF, World Bank and Bank of Ghana are
analysed and the size of informal remittance flows compared to formal
flows is discussed, and the importance of the Ghana Living Standards
Survey as a means of gauging the impact of remittances on households
throughout Ghana is highlighted.
Ghana Country Study, ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford, UK, i + 18 pp.
Ghana Country Study