the last weeks or so; many concerned Gambians keep wondering as to the future
of their sons and daughters in Europe especially those without valid documents
in Germany. The recent deportations of Gambians from mainly Germany, forced
many to ask this vex question- whether the government has really signed for the
deportation of their sons and daughters from Germany?
Migration we all know is a hot topic in many developing countries including The Gambia. In Africa, though the phenomenon is worse and it only gets airtime when a huge disaster occurs in the Mediterranean Sea. Tens of thousands of young Africans take the perilous journey across the Sahara to Libya where they hope traffickers will ship them off to Europe for a fee. So it is not only The Gambia that is facing these migration challenges.
The death rate for migrants attempting to reach Europe has risen even though the numbers trying to make the crossing has fallen in the recent past, the UN Refugee Agency has warned. For every 18 people crossing to Europe over the central Mediterranean between January and July 2018, one person died. Over the same period in 2017, there was one death for each 42 refugees and migrants attempting the crossing.
Lack of limited jobs and good prospects forced many youngsters in search of greener pasture in the west. Many died on the way and those who made it to Europe faced huge challenges in integrating into these dream countries they now found themselves.
However, as there are two sides to every coin, so is the case for migration. Some of those who are lucky immediately changed the lives of their families back home. The monthly remittances they send back home help many poor families in their daily commitments. Right now signing for the deportation of Gambians is not the solution, as it would worsen the situation. The Gambia has just emerged from 22 years of brutal dictatorship, with numerous security challenges and right abuses. It is better for the government to make it clear to their partners in Europe that the country as it is now, is going through reforms and healing process etc. And as such receiving failed asylum seekers would only jeopardize the country’s security process. We call on government to immediately rethink about this burning issue for the better of the country. Remember that every family in the country is either directly or indirectly affected by this migration issue. The German government must understand and respect decent, hard working Gambians. Our migrants who have committed no crimes and are working hard to earn a decent standard of living need to be given the right to live in peace.
So The Gambia government should know that the whole country is watching.
“Deportation isn’t something that is suddenly new.”