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The Grass is Greener
Produced by: Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah
Ghana is an African country that is comparatively stable politically and economically, and yet large numbers of the population want to escape overseas to where they think ‘The Grass is Greener’. Ghanaians come back from working overseas and build grand houses and flaunt their wealth with new cars and the latest mobile phones, which makes the poor Ghanaians at home long to get a slice of a better paid job than they can hope for at home. Presenter Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, of Joy FM radio station in Accra, has had his own taste of study and menial work in the UK, and is now content to be back in Ghana. But he meets young people who are still desperate to travel outside the country. This program airs as part of the special international collaboration, Global Perspectives:Escape.

Program Credits

The Grass is Greener was produced by Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah of Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, with production by Kate Howells [of the BBC]. It airs as part of the special international documentary collaboration, Global Perspectives: Escape!

Resources

Links:
African Immigrants In The Western World: Whose Brain Drain And Whose Brain Gain?
An interesting insight on the theory of "Brain Drain" and "Brain Gain" when well educated professionals risk everything for a better life in America.

Racism in Russia
In an unusual twist in the tale of African immigrants in Russia, an African is making waves in the political scene. Joachim Crima from Guinea Bissau is running for political office in Russia.

Books:
Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America
by: David Ngaruri Kenney, Philip G. Schrag 2009
"Asylum Denied" is a book that details the obstacles that Ngaruri faced after escaping from Kenya to a better life in the United States.

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