• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT WILLIAM TUBMAN LED A GOVERNMENT DELEGATION TO THE PORT OF MONROVIA ON SUNDAY, MARCH 28, TO GIVE AN OFFICIAL WELCOME TO A GROUP OF 36 LIBERIANS WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED FROM GHANA UNDER THE TOUGHER IMMIGRATION AND RESIDENCE LAWS INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER 1969.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT WILLIAM TUBMAN LED A GOVERNMENT DELEGATION TO THE PORT OF MONROVIA ON SUNDAY, MARCH 28, TO GIVE AN OFFICIAL WELCOME TO A GROUP OF 36 LIBERIANS WHO HAD BEEN DEPORTED FROM GHANA UNDER THE TOUGHER IMMIGRATION AND RESIDENCE LAWS INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER 1969. PRESIDENT TUBMAN IS SAID TO HAVE DECLARED THAT HE MET THE DEPORTEES PERSONALLY BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BEEN EXPELLED FOR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES, BUT BECAUSE THE GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT WAS ACTING IN THE INTERESTS OF ITS OWN PEOPLE.

    SYNOPSIS: THIRTY-SIX LIBERIANS ARRIVING IN MONROVIA ON SUNDAY, MARCH TWENTY-EIGHTH - THEY ARE THE FIRST LIBERIAN NATIONALS WHO ARE RETURNING TO THE COUNTRY AFTER HAVING EMIGRATED TO GHANA. IN DECEMBER 1969, THE GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED SWEEPING CHANGES IN THEIR IMMIGRATION AND RESIDENCE LAWS, AND ALIENS WITHOUT RESIDENCE PERMITS WERE ORDERED TO LEAVE.

    LIBERIA'S PRESIDENT WILLIAM TUBMAN PERSONALLY LED A DELEGATION TO MEET THE EXPATRIATES, GIVING THEM AN OFFICIAL WELCOME BACK. HE SAID THAT HE WAS MEETING THEM BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BEEN EXPELLED FOR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES, BUT BECAUSE THE GHANIAN GOVERNMENT WAS ACTING IN THE INTERESTS OF ITS OWN PEOPLE.

    PRESIDENT TUBMAN CONTINUED HIS SPEECH BY SAYING THAT THE RETURNING LIBERIANS HAD CONE TO GHANA FOR ECONOMIC REASONS, AND NOW THAT THEY HAD BEEN EXPELLED THEY SHOULD HARBOUR NO ILL-WILL AGAINST EITHER THE GOVERNMENT OR THE PEOPLE OF GHANA. AMONG THE GROUP WERE ELDERLY MEN WHO HAD EMIGRATED IN 1925 - OTHERS, WHO WERE RETURNING WITH FAMILIES BORN IN GHANA, HAD LIVED THERE FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS.

    THE NEW ARRIVALS WERE GIVEN COMPLETE MEDICAL CHECK-UPS BY DOCTORS WHO WERE ON HAND TO MEET THEM. SEVERAL OF THEM WERE GIVEN ANTI-CHOLERA VACCINATION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THE DISEASE BEFORE THEY WERE TO BE RESETTLED IN TOWNS AND TRIBES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4YBBO80G30TMKM0P7U7S0J9CH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4YBBO80G30TMKM0P7U7S0J9CH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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