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Chinese participation in Ghana's informal gold mining economy: Drivers, implications and clarifications

Hilson, G., Hilson, A., Adu-Darko, E. (2014) Chinese participation in Ghana's informal gold mining economy: Drivers, implications and clarifications. Journal of Rural Studies, 34 . pp. 292-303. ISSN 0743-0167. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.03.001) (KAR id:80602)

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This paper brings some clarity to the debate on Chinese participation in Ghana's artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Chinese nationals have migrated to rural Ghana, where they have proceeded to extract gold, for the most part undeterred, illicitly. The perceived impacts of this migration have captured the interest of the global public and attracted considerable media attention. The Government of Ghana has responded, albeit rather pedestrianly, to mounting concerns by assembling a National Task Force to 'flush out' illegal miners. It is argued here, however, that this will only provide short-term relief because the issue being tackled - growing Chinese participation in ASM - is the latest 'expression' of a much bigger problem: namely the sector's perpetual informality, brought about by an excessively-bureaucratic legalization process and failure, on the part of the government and donors, to deliver adequate and appropriate support to desperate operators. The key to reducing the inflow of Chinese migrants to Ghana's mining regions is adequately addressing the root causes of this informality. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.03.001
Uncontrolled keywords: artisanal mining; Asian immigrant; gold mine; informal sector; investment; poverty; small scale mining, Ghana
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 13:43 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 12:42 UTC
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