Civil on irregular migration control and Blue Sahel, a Spanish government
project is currently training some Gambian security officers on border
surveillance and territory control at the Officer’s Mess in Kotu. The training
commenced on 5th March and will go through to 15th March.
Deputy Director of immigration Seedy Matarr Touray declared that the training aims to enhance capacities of the security officers in the areas of border security and management. He said most of the country’s security agencies are currently going through reforms.
He said the emergence of new security threats ranging from human trafficking to migrant smuggling, drug trafficking and other organised cross border crimes means that continued training of border security operatives is needed to identity and address crimes.
Mr. Touray added that their Spanish partners have been assisting them in the challenge of irregular migration and their support led to the establishment of the irregular migration center in Tanji in 2010 which is contributing in halting the Trans-Atlantic irregular migratory route, to save lives from continuing to perish at sea.
Jose Palacio Jamarit from the Spanish team said borders are lines that create sovereign power to states which can positively encourage free movement of people and goods and can also lead to the negative result to irregular migration and drug trafficking.
He revealed that that the Spanish government deemed it necessary to support in resolving the challenges at Gambia’s border posts, saying the country did not share any borderline with Spain but it is a country where 1000 Spanish are currently residing whilst 25,000 Gambians are also living in Spain.