Mai Ahmad Fatty Minister of Interior has said that the government may consider accepting the repatriation of Gambian migrants from the EU if there are genuine reasons to do so.
He emphasised the fact that the government has not signed any agreement with any country to repatriate its citizens they may consider doing so if there is the need.
“Our discussion with the EU is that we are willing to dialogue on the issue; we have to find a sustainable solution to migration issue. The Gambia government has not signed any agreement with any country to repatriate our citizens. Rather, what we require from countries—individual European countries and the EU as a bloc is—before these Gambians are deported we want to know what crimes they have committed in Europe, we want to know whether these Gambians have been subjected to fair and impartial judicial processes, we want to know whether Gambians have exhausted their legal remedies in these countries. When all this is completed, we want to get a comprehensive report and profiling so that we will be able to readmit our citizens back home,” he told state TV GRTS recently.
He said all these will be done within the confines of the law and international best practices. He added that The Gambia equally deports other nationals.
“We have to remember that we also deport non-Gambians if they violate our laws. We put them before the courts, if they serve their prison sentences and they are deportable, we send them out of this country. All countries are involved in that. If our nationals, if they go through the judicial system and the system rejects them to leave their country, we will be very happy to embrace them back home,” Minister Fatty said.