Migration is a good thing, allow the youth to leave – Prof. Yaw Nyarko

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Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the Director of NYU Africa House and for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), Prof. Yaw Nyarko has stressed the manifold advantages of youth migration, highlighting its potential to catalyze personal growth, cultural exchange and economic development.

He was delivering his speech as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony of the University of Ghana College of Humanities 6th International Research Conference. The conference explored the theme ‘Addressing Inequalities: Building Socioeconomic and Environmental Resilience for Sustainable Development.’

Prof. Nyarko contended that facilitating youth migration in Ghana could serve as a tool in mitigating unemployment and rates, presenting opportunities for acquisition, and broader economic prospects.

He challenged the notion surrounding brain drain due to migration among the youth.

“Migration is a good thing, when Ghanaians leave and somebody talks to you about brain drain, do you want them to stay here and remain unemployed or what?”

Prof. Nyarko further advocated for the youth to seek opportunities abroad and return with valuable resources to uplift their communities.

“We have unemployment among our nurses (youth) in Ghana, let them go to the UK and bring back some [resources], build some houses and help their communities.”

Story by: George Dwumfour Boateng | univers.ug.edu.gh

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