1,300 migrants voluntarily return back

Friday, October 27, 2017

Director of Press at the State House has told journalists that President Adama Barrow has been updated on the situation of some 1,300 irregular migrants who voluntarily returned back to The Gambia.

These youth are being helped by inter-governmental and agencies working with The Gambia government “to respond to the human resource capacity needs of the returnees for efficient integration process”.

According to Amie Bojang-Sissoho, the International Trade Centre (ITC) signed an agreement with The Gambia government to implement the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) with funding from the European Union through Africa Trust of 11 million euros for a period of four years.

“The International Organisation for Migration also received 3.9 million euros from the EU on the returnees’ integration in The Gambia,” she further said.

All of these are meant to support government programmes of youth development in line with the policy objective of job creation and sustainable livelihoods for the youth, she explained.

Accordingly, some 271 youths have been employed by the fisheries sector since lifting of ban imposed on industrial fishing operations within the first quarter of the year alone.

“The sector has employed a total of 271 youths as observers and fisheries deck hands.  Policy is to increase the Gross Domestic Production and reduce poverty through employment creation,” Amie Bojang-Sissoho said.

She explained that the government took decision to lift the embargo as a way of increasing availability of fish, harness the upward revision of fisheries licenses by 25%, she added, noting that the aim besides job creation for the youth is to realise revenue from license fees, 10% fish landing policy, and payment of fish license fees.

The Youth Empowerment Project is in line with the objectives set out in the National Trade Policy, the National Employment Policy, the Entrepreneurship Development Policy and Micro, Small and Medium Policy of The Gambia.

The president’s spokesperson said government and its partners are also working on a national migration policy which will spell out comprehensive national response to migration and returnees management.

Government’s response to the human resource capacity needs of the returnees required for efficient integration processes includes acquiring skills and direct funding support from the youth empowerment mini-grants scheme. 

Author: Sanna Camara