Irregular Migration –YAIM- have initiated the second phase of their nationwide
sensitisation tour commencing in the Central River Region –CRR- from 26th to
2nd February, 2018.
The youth-led organisation commenced the nationwide youth engagement tour in January in the North Bank Region to increase awareness on irregular migration and helps reduce incidents of mass movement in the country.
Formed by the second batch of Gambian migrant returnees from Libya who arrived in the country in April last year, YAIM members now want to build awareness among young people and families to understand that there are huge economic and life loss in irregular migration.
30 youth including returnees, journalists, youth organizations and students participated in the first phase of the tour with radio talk shows held at Kerewan and Farafenni community radio stations to reach a wider audience. The German government through their Banjul office supported the caravan. It also targets to restrict young people in the country and inspire them to do something positive with their resources rather than taking the risky voyage in an attempt to illegally enter Europe and other countries.
On Tuesday, the Caravan visited Kaur High School, Nyanga Bantang Basic cycle school and Panchang community leaders such as Alkalo, chief and Imam.
Mustapha Sallah, the organisation’s secretary general said, “We left The Gambia to take the risky journey with the notion that we cannot make it here and the back way to Europe is the only solution.”
Omar Jammeh, CRR youth chairperson appealed to parents and the region’s authorities and leaders to engage young people in necessary jobs that can benefit them, saying, “We need to integrate our young people in the society.”
Representative from The Gambia Immigration Department Lamin Jarju said the Immigration Department cannot stop youth from migrating but can help in addressing the dangerous voyage.
He said reports indicated that thousands of youth have lost their lives in the perilous journey to Europe. “It is a worthy cause to create peoples’ awareness on the dangers associated with the perilous journey.”
Jainaba Manjang of Global Youth Innovation Network –GYIN- Gambia chapter said the back way journey has caused serious repercussion on Gambian societies.