Gambia, Spain to fight illegal migration

Friday, February 01, 2019

The government of The Gambia and Spain are committed to fight against illegal immigration.

Alieu Mballow, the Gambian minister of the Interior and his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez made this disclosure at a joint press conference held at the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

According to them, the two countries are aiming to collaborate to fight against illegal migration as well as strengthen and build the security of both countries.

Spanish Interior Minister Grande-Marlaska Gómez, who was in the country on a state visit, said he was here to express confidence and trust in the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“One of the objectives for my visit is to collaborate with The Gambia to enforce cooperation against illegal migration, develop the securities of our two countries.”

According to him, they have plans to help The Gambia in terms of training on how best they can fight against illegal migration.

 “We have to fight against illegal migrant because it encourages criminal organisations, which harm people or the society,” he said. He noted that the relationship between The Gambia and Spain would not stop at fighting illegal migration but to also improve other things.

For his part, Alieu Mballow, the Interior minister disclosed that they have talked about the safety of Gambian migrants in Spain, noting that all the migrants in Spain specifically Gambians are all legal migrants.

“Illegal migrants are those who are irregular migrants. This is a cause for concern and is a global phenomenon in which we were discussing about,” he said, adding that the Spanish government is focusing on reintegration because it is always difficult for someone who leaves his country without any required skills.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara