On illegal migration

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Migration is a hot topic in many Sub-Saharan countries including The Gambia. In the recent past, lack of limited prospects and jobs have forced many youths to embark on this sea journey without knowledge of what awaits them on the arriving end. Even as Europe continues to build walls to prevent the influx of migrants, thousands of people in search of better lives continue to risk their lives in an attempt to embark on the dangerous voyage across the harsh desert and then across the dangerous  Mediterranean sea into southern Italy.

We assert the fact that Europe that invaded our continent and looted her resources, should be Honorable enough to receive African migrants with dignity. But instead what we have witnessed is Europe’s disdain for migrants, especially African, and their apparent complicity in the loss of lives at sea close to Europe’s borders. The recent stand-off between Malta and Italy, on who to receive a boat load with 629 sub-Saharan Africa is a case in point. At the end, Spain had to intervene and gave the approval for the boat to anchor at its sea port in Valencia.

While we make no attempt to dissuade sane travel, we maintain a strong position that the risk of lives attendant to the current exodus of young Africans into a Europe that is facing economic crises, defies reason.

Parents and relatives need to take the lead in enlightening our youths about the realities in the alluring western world. The fact is that getting into Europe is no automatic panacea for whatever purported ills illegal migrants may be citing as reasons for their movement. We must inculcate the habit of good honest useful work in our young ones regardless of their social or economic status. We must add the all too famous saying that the Rome that these migrants are heading for, was not built in a day.

Out youths must be enlightened to know the fact that if they would invest but half the money and efforts they expend on their illegal migration ventures, they would have been millionaires in their own countries. We must learn to work and also wait for the fruits of our labour are never guaranteed to come instantly this world of flux.

We applaud all the stakeholders in Gambia currently rehabilitating and reintegrating some of the returnees from this perilous. We also salutes all stakeholders who in one way or the other are spearheading  grassroot campaigns to discourage youth from embarking on this dangerous journey.

A Guest Editorial