Dr. Seedy Drammeh publishes new book ‘Rethinking Irregular Migration’

Monday, July 23, 2018

Acting Deputy Director of Human Resource and Administration at The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) Dr. Seedy Drammeh has recently authored another new book titled, ‘Rethinking Irregular Migration: Causes, Course, Consequences and Corrective Measures’. This brings to a total of30 books Dr. Drammeh has so far written.

The book examines the causes of irregular migration with particular focus on the mass movement of Gambian youth and those from other parts of the world across the dangerous desert to the Mediterranean Sea.

Investigation shows that poor economic and political situations in many developing countries together with the uncontrollable unemployment rate among the youth and insecurity are the root causes of this precarious journey. Conversely, the book proposes good and accountable governance characterized by equitable distribution of resources as the antidote to the plague that irregular migration has become for the entire world.

Looking around the causes of irregular migration, one would see how families of the poor would-be migrants in the West are getting poorer, while their children embark on journeys in search of a better life. It is a fact that most of the people who embark on the dangerous journey through the “back way” either sold their lands, animals or even jewelry to travel. 

It is sad that among the factors that forces young men and women to embark on the perilous “back way” journeys are lack of job opportunities in their countries. Africa has the fastest growing population and youth form the large portion of the population. Most of these youth have completed their secondary and tertiary education but remain unemployed. Because they cannot get employment, they are forced to embark on the dangerous journey in search of a better life.

“While the book urges youth to stay away from embarking on the dangerous back way journey, it is a fact that poor people in their communities are despised, while people with some money are the only respected ones who are usually listened to,” Dr. Drammeh said.

He thanked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for standing by migrants around the world and for speaking on behalf of the vulnerable people who are in search of economic well-being and protection.  He also thanked Amnesty International for advocating for the freedom of people.  “My profound appreciation goes to diplomatic and Consular community in The Gambia for providing support towards the evacuation process of the returnees and working with the government to ensure that the returnees from Libya are accorded dignity.”

He said the book is available at Timbookto bookshop in Bakau, saying “I urge all people and organizations such as the UN, European Union, Amnesty International and International Organization for Migration (IOM) to get copies of the book.”

Author: Fatou B Cham
Source: Picture: Dr. Seedy Drammeh