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Vol 6 (AAC) No 7

Published 1st May 2013


Ghana

Crackdown on illegal miners

Gun battles, environmental degradation and tensions with local communities force the government to take a tough stance on illegal Chinese miners

The Ghana Immigration Service is to tighten up security at the country’s borders to stop the illegal entry of Chinese artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMs). Police Commissioner Peter Alexander Wiredu has formed a specially trained and armed squad of 250 officers to monitor illegal immigration. Also in April, the Chinese and Ghanaian governments agreed to form a high-level committee to tackle the issue of Chinese miners.

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