“Akwaaba” – Meaning Welcome in Twi
Who are we?
Young Ghanaian Professional, (YGP) is an association for young highly educated Ghanaians in the Benelux. The association also operates in countries such as: the UK, the USA, and Ghana. The association is a network for students and entrepreneurs of Ghanaian descent and as well as organizations who have an affinity with Ghana. It forms the focal point for young Ghanaian / Dutch professionals. The Benelux branch is located in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.
The YGP began informal in 2009 out of the need for highly educated Ghanaians in the diaspora together. On February 2012, the association officially started.
The main language within the network is Dutch.
What do we do?
The YGP organizes business networking events and maintains both national and international relations between companies, organizations and professionals. In this way, the YGP-members often get the opportunity to exchange ideas and contacts. Our activities are not just about business relationships, but also social relationships with a relaxing atmosphere.
As a young highly educated Student, Professional, Entrepreneur or Organization that has affinity with Ghana, you are adding value to the YGP. Therefore do not lack membership. You are welcome to join us today.
The Ghanaian Diaspora
Ghanaian migrants in the Netherlands
There were two developments in Ghana that led to emigration to western countries (the so-called “Aburokyere). The first development was the oil crisis from 1974 to1983, which led many Ghanaians to migrate to Germany, UK, USA and Canada. When the visa requirements for these destinations became stricter, other Ghanaians decided to head to the Netherlands.
The second development took place in the late eighties to early nineties, when many Ghanaians migrated to the Netherlands. This was due to famine and severe drought and deportation of over 1 million Ghanaians from Nigeria.
The migration of many Ghanaians to the Netherlands went on late eighties early nineties.
Most Ghanaians in the Netherlands are migrants. This group has strong ties with the country of origin. According to the CBS (Central bureau for statistics) data published on January 1st 2011, about 21,376 Ghanaians (excluding illegals) are residing in the Netherlands. More than half (+ / – 53%) of the Dutch Ghanaians are living in Amsterdam. Furthermore, the vast majority of Ghanaians are to be found in The Hague and Rotterdam. In short, Ghanaians are mainly in the big cities.
Due to the language barrier, many Ghanaians do jobs that are below their level, whereby they are poorly paid. This applies especially to the first generation of Ghanaians; the second generation however does better.
Reason for YGP
one of the main reasons for YGP’s existence is to bring young highly educated Ghanaians together as they often withdraw themselves from the Ghanaian community. However these second generations also do not know of each other’s existence.
For this reason we the YGP have created a network for the young Ghanaians who are doing well with the intension to exchange knowledge and to see what we as Diasporas can do for our country of origin. Nevertheless we are the future!