German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has disclosed that 1500 undocumented Gambians in Germany are awaiting deportation. He said 'there are over 35, 000 Gambian migrants in Germany out of which 1,500 are undocumented and awaiting deportation.'
President Steinmeier made this revelation on Thursday, 14th December, 2017, at the Coco Ocean Hotel in Bijilo during a press conference at the end of his two-day official visit to The Gambia.
The German president was on a State visit to Ghana and Gambia from 11-14 December 2017. He was accompanied by a delegation, including the Federal Minister for Economy and Energy, Mrs Brigitte Zypries, the Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, the State Minister at the German Foreign Office, Maria Böhmer, as well as a substantial business delegation.
The state visits were the first trip to Africa by President Steinmeier since he took office in February 2017.
President Steinmeier talked about irregular migration, adding that African governments need to work on plans to sustain and maintain its growing youth population who are engaged in irregular migration widely known as the ’backway’.
“The Gambia is our concern, we want to provide skills training to them,” he remarked.
President Steinmeier also reminded the audience about the recent EU–Africa Summit in Abidjan which was centered around irregular migration including the enslavement of African migrants in Libya.
Responding to a question about whether Germany intends to deport the undocumented Gambian migrants, he said the two countries (Gambia and Germany) will bring technical experts to work on the problem.
On his part, President Adama Barrow of The Gambia, encouraged the youths to have self confidence that they can make it in their own country. He called on the youths to continue to work hard for the development of the country.
President Barrow recalled his hustling days in Europe, saying he travelled to Europe at the age of 23. He talked about the challenges of irregular migration, which he said is a global problem. President Barrow called on the stakeholders to work together to resolve the problem.
Written by Mamos Tv
PHOTO CREDIT; Sainey Marenah