Assessing the effects of foreign construction labour force influx on project delivery in Accra

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International migration has been a major problem in local labour construction economies, where different-skilled labour is discovered within a country. Foreign workers have both beneficial and adverse effects on the delivery of construction projects. This research was aimed at examining the effects of the influx of foreign labour force on the delivery of construction projects in Ghana. A structured questionnaire was used in gathering the perception of some construction professionals within the Accra metropolis with regards to the research objectives. The data collected were analysed and presented using descriptive statistics and relative importance index. The results showed that the most common foreign labour on construction sites were carpenters, POP specialists, unskilled labourers, painters, tillers, and plumbers. It was also discovered that these employees migrated primarily from Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and La cote D'voire. The positive effects of foreign labour on construction sites included technology transfer, productivity boost and the enhancement of efficiency in project delivery. The key negative effects also included unemployment for the local labour force and increased criminal activity on-site. The findings from this study shall help the Government of Ghana to formulate policies that would benefit the local nationals without any prejudice towards foreigners in terms of restricting them from coming to work here in our country and for that matter our construction sites.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Construction Management.
: Construction, Labour force, Project Delivery, Ghana