5 October 2012

Gambia: Illegal Migration

editorial

Immigration personnel recently intercepted some young Gambians trying to travel to Europe through the 'back way'. This shows that the menace of illegal migration among the youth of the country is rearing its ugly head again.

Everyone is aware that youths are mostly the ones engaged in illegal migration. It is these same youths who are the future leaders of the country. They not only risk losing their lives in the quest to reach Europe by sea, but some of them after failing in their endeavour, out of frustration become drug addicts or even go crazy. Strengthening the crusade to stop such people from embarking on illegal migration is therefore fundamental and in the best interest of national development.

Since it is apparent that the government is not relenting in its effort to eliminate the culture of illegal migration in the country, it is imperative that our youths are reminded that the current leadership has greatly maximised the growth potentials of this country.

The series of development projects that have opened up windows of opportunities for Gambians are numerous. The leadership has also initiated a series of self-help projects that if utilised by the people can lead to them achieving a reasonable livelihood. Suffice to say, The Gambia is on the right path to gaining the economic benefits of infrastructural development.

It is therefore a moral obligation upon each and every Gambian to partake in the ongoing national development process.Venturing into agricultural production, the output of which will help generate income for a decent livelihood, learning a trade, and petty business among other things will produce a progressive future.

Embarking on illegal migration simply means you are denying yourself a sense of belonging. This is because you reject where you belong to and force yourself into a society in which you will never be accepted. You will simply be treated as an uninvited refugee at a rich man's gate and hence survive at the expense of your dignity, personality and worth.

The enabling environment is already in place for a progressive future, let us amalgamate our efforts to complement those of the government, otherwise we would become enemies of our own progress.

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