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Chinese Galamsey and the Illegal Lure of China’s Gold Rush


[THE STATESMAN] Some 50,000 Chinese migrants are said to have flocked to Ghana to stake a claim in the country’s illegal gold mining rush, with dire environmental, economic and social consequences.

Ghana’s tradition of artisanal gold mining and the gold price boom which began in 2007 attracted tens of thousands of Chinese migrants to Ghana to seek their fortune.

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