According to All Africa, the assistant superintendent in charge of Irregular Migration at The Gambia Immigration Department is reporting that at least 200 Gambians have been detained in Libya, and are currently awaiting deportation.
Malafi Jammeh made the disclosure recently during a sensitisation training jointly organised at the Basse Area Council by the Gambia Immigration Department, the Ministry of Trade, Integration and Employment and the National Training Authority (NTA).
Jammeh said that the "back-way" syndrome has existed in the country for many years now, adding that the problem seems to be on the increase. Jammeh explained that the government of Gambia has been doing everything in their power to ensure that irregular migration becomes a thing of the past.
The senior Immigration officer also disclosed that about 650 young Gambians have been deported from Libya in recent years. Due to this staggering number, Jammeh strongly urged parents to desist from supporting their children who venture into this risky journey, explaining that a lot of young Gambians had already perished in their attempt to reach Europe.