There are an estimated three million Ghanaians living in the diaspora. There are 23168 Ghanaians in the Netherlands according to the Dutch Central Statistics Agency (2016 figures).
The potential of the diaspora has been explicitly mentioned in the President’s Coordinated Programme of economic and social development policies for 2017-2024: “To strengthen Ghana’s role in international affairs, policy interventions will aim at: … creating a favourable business environment; and integrating the Ghanaian diaspora into national development.”
In 2014 the Ghanaian government launched the Diaspora Unit within Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. This was a landmark achievement on the part of the Government of Ghana, which then had formalized the engagement of the Ghanaian diaspora for effective migration management and national development planning. Furthermore, a Diaspora Affairs Office has been created under the Office of the President.
2019 will be ‘The Year of Return’, for Africans living in diaspora with several events being organized to mark the 400 year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans reaching the shores of America.