Governance

Governance

Statelessness in West Africa: An Assessment of Stateless Populations and Legal, Policy, and Administrative Frameworks in Ghana

Drawing on qualitative interviews that are complemented by the analysis of government policy documents, this study examines statelessness in Ghana. It addresses a range of policy, legal, institutional, administrative, and other politico-socioeconomic matters attendant to the concept. The study defines statelessness in its strict legal sense. It recognizes populations at risk of statelessness that may be restricted from benefiting from the protection and privileges of their host state. Persons identified by the study as stateless or at risk of statelessness include persons from traditionally nomadic migratory communities, former refugees, persons residing in border communities, members of Zongo communities, trafficked persons, and those affected by gaps in previous constitutions. The study also identifies the consequences of statelessness, including lack of access to healthcare, education, justice, and work. The study offers several recommendations to prevent and reduce statelessness in Ghana.

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Steven W. Bender of Seattle University School of Law reviews The Politics of Compassion: Immigration and Asylum Policy by Ala Sirriyeh. Addressing questions of loss, (be)longing, fears of an immigration ‘invasion’ or perceived injustices in immigration policies, Sirriyeh explores how...

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Simone Wegge of the College of Staten Island reviews The Economics of Migration, Vols. I-IV by Klaus Zimmermann and Thomas Bauer.  Klaus Zimmermann and Thomas Bauer show that in the age of globalization, the importance of migration for the industrialized...

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David P. Lindstrom of Brown University reviews Toward a Theory of Immigration by Peter C. Meilaender.  Peter Meilaender states that changes in the global political order have combined with dominant trends in liberal political philosophy to spark increasing scholarly criticism of...

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Eric Fong of University of Toronto reviews Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues by Peter S. Li.  Peter Li assesses historical, social, demographic and economic merits of Canada’s immigration policies, arguing the scaling back Canada’s immigration program jeopardizes it national...

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