On illegal migration

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Illegal migration is a burning and hot topic in many developing countries including The Gambia. Lack of prospects and job opportunities is the main driver forcing a number of youth in search of greener pastures in the west through harsh climate and across the Mediterranean.

In our yesterday’s report about 72 would be migrants, who have been rescued by a South American flagship from Panama, is not only disturbing by leaves much to be desire. The nationalities are not yet established, but there are Gambians and Senegalese. As stated by the immigration spokesman it is not a crime for anyone to leave the country and go to Europe to look for greener pasture through the right channel. We need to understand that using the ‘back-way’ is dangerous and there are lots of complications involved in the menace.

Again, governments should create more opportunities for the youth to make them stay and work in the country. Parents should also discourage their children or even stop sponsoring them to embark on this deadly journey over land and sea. Youth can make it here in The Gambia, and contribute positively to the country’s socio-economic development.

EU in the recent past has been struggling to deal with an inflow of migrants from across the Mediterranean Sea. Southern European countries, especially Italy and Malta, have spent heavily on rescuing people at sea and processing refugees. The job falls to them because of a controversial rule - the so called Dublin regulation- which says that asylum applications should generally be handled by the country of entry.

Though, the number of new arrivals has fallen sharply since the peak in October 2015, but dealing with the consequences of earlier migration is still difficult. Resentment of migrants and of the EU’s part in the problem is, if anything, still growing. It was decisive in propelling the League, a right-wing xenophobic party, to its place in Italy’s government.

Elsewhere, in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under pressure from the Christian Social Union, a junior coalition partner, to restrict the movements of migrants within the EU. Migration is truly a challenge for Europe. Remember that Rome was not built in a day and so is it the case that Rome was built by none but the Romans.

“Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory. ”

James Lankford