Ghanaian Community in the Netherlands constitute a substantial immigrant community in the Netherlands, keeping alive a relationship that began some 300 years ago. The Ghanaian community has increased steadily from over over 12,000 in 1996 to close to 30,000 today
Ghanaian Associations/Societies abound in the Netherlands, organised mainly on the basis of religion, ethnic and sometimes political grounds. These “organisations” exceed 70 and majority is based in Amsterdam with the rest spread across The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The Dutch government, in recognition of the contribution of immigrants, provides limited financial assistance to migrant communities with credible track record of effective organizational and noticeable community improvement work programmes in their municipalities. Although Ghanaians have for decades form a sizeable community, the presence of many Ghanaian splinter groups in the Netherlands renders them incapable of accessing Dutch Government sponsored initiatives geared towards their welfare and specific needs.
With the support of the Embassy and cooperation from the Ghanaian Community organisations, an umbrella organisation was formed under the name Council of Ghanaian Organisations in the Netherlands (COGHAN) and further being transformed into a more composite Ghana Union. It is believed that the unity of the Ghanaian community will enhance its interaction with the Dutch authorities and further boost its chances of being considered to benefit from the numerous financial assistance provided by the Dutch government to the immigrant communities. The Ghana Union, in the coming years will steer the progress and development of the Ghanaian Community in the Netherlands.
The Ghanaian Community over the years have supported the Ghana Embassy to achieve its aims and objectives. The Embassy will continue to work in close collaboration with the Community Leaders to enhance the image of Ghana and Ghanaians in the Diaspora.