You have heard the success stories you have seen the house, the land or the apartment you want to live in. You want to enjoy the sun on your back and the food. Ok let us get out of holiday mode and be serious for a few minutes. Yes all that is possible but migrating to another country is not always as simple as it seems.
Holiday mode spending in Ghana vs reality
Remember when you are on holiday you are in Ghana for a short period. You have holiday money and a holiday mind set. Imagine being in your home country and spending $1000 a week, eating eat entertaining your self every week. Oh, you get it now. It does not stack up. But let me continue. if you were to do this for 52 weeks you will need to be generating disposable income of $52k a a year minus your living cost. As I did not include your hotel or AirBnB.
7 things you need to think about if you are considering migrating to Ghana?
If you are considering migrating to Ghana, here are some things you may want to think about:
- Legal requirements: You will need to ensure that you meet the legal requirements to migrate to Ghana, including obtaining the necessary visa and residency permits. Depending on your nationality, you may be required to obtain a visa before arriving in Ghana.
- Cost of living: You will need to research the cost of living in Ghana, including housing, food, transportation, and other expenses. It’s important to budget for these costs and ensure that you have sufficient financial resources to support yourself.
- Employment opportunities: You may want to research employment opportunities in Ghana and ensure that you have a plan for finding work or starting a business. The job market in Ghana can be competitive, so it’s important to have a clear understanding of the skills and qualifications that are in demand.
- Health and safety: You will need to take steps to ensure your health and safety in Ghana. This may include obtaining vaccinations, taking out health insurance, and familiarizing yourself with local customs and safety protocols.
- Cultural adjustment: Ghana has a unique culture and way of life, so it’s important to be open-minded and willing to adapt to new customs and practices. You may want to research Ghanaian culture and history to gain a better understanding of the country and its people.
- Social network: Building a social network in Ghana can be important for your well-being and sense of community. You may want to research social and cultural events in your area and consider joining local groups or organizations. Look up and join a group such as Migration 2 Ghana as they organise some great events in Ghana and outside to help people build up an understanding of what it takes.
- Education: If you have children, you will need to research the education system in Ghana and ensure that you have a plan for their education. There are a variety of educational options available in Ghana, including international schools and local schools. Be prepared for pay fees for International schools and these are usually in dollars and are paid upfront. Here is a link of international schools in Ghana to research
These are just a few things to consider when thinking about migrating to Ghana. It’s important to do your research and plan carefully to ensure a smooth transition and successful integration into your new community.