Dr Mary Boatemaa Setrana, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, has said Ghanaian migrants are now more transnational than before.
She said they also keep in touch with their families, visit regularly and participate in funerals and festivals, with increased remittances.
Dr Setrana said this at the fourth Spieth-Ablo-Agama-Amoako (SAAA) Lectures organized by the Evangelical Presbyterian University College in Ho.
The lecture was on the theme: “Migration: Opportunity or Challenge.”
She said the situation was as a result of advancement in technical and communication skills adding that migration was not necessarily negative and that it needed to be managed for its benefits to be realised.
Dr Setrana said, for instance, Ghana got more than two billion dollars on average per year from international remittances in recent years and that with a formalized diaspora engagement with government, the country could get more of such revenue.
She said government could also create desks at local levels for information on investment avenues and create an enabling environment for return and reintegration purposes for mutual benefit.
Dr Kennedy Atong Achakoma, Principal of Labour College, Trade Union Congress-Ghana, said migration has become more irregular with many now moving towards the Middle East, adding to the challenges of migration.
He said though still male dominated, migration was becoming feminized with economic consideration being a major push.
Dr Achakoma said policy gaps-restrictive immigration policies of destination countries, were the weakest challenges to migration and called for a review of such policies.
Reverend Dr Cyril Fayose, President, EPUC, said the topic was relevant in view of how many young people were dying in the Sahara desert in attempt to travel to Europe and the Fulani migration activities in West Africa.