“Spain has the Highest Numbers of Gambians Living in Europe” Ambassador Says

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The Gambian Ambassador to Spain has that said his host country has one of the highest numbers of Gambians in Europe, and that remittance from Spain to Gambia is among the highest in Europe.

“The Kingdom of Spain has one of the highest, if not the highest, numbers of Gambians living in any one country in Europe,” said Ambassador Lang Yabou who is the Gambian Ambassador to Spain with concurrent accreditation to Italy, Greece, Malta and the United Nations Agencies based in Rome and Madrid such as FAO, IFAD, WFP and WTO.

Mr. Yabou said officially, a total of 19,319 Gambians are registered with the embassy in Madrid but “not all Gambians are registered with the embassy, so it is difficult to determine the exact number of Gambians living in Spain right now”.

“It is a known fact that the majority of Gambians who came to Spain did it through irregular migration,” he said.  “But thank God, most of them were able to regularize their status and are legally resident in the country and a sizeable number of them have acquired Spanish nationality.”

Saikou Ceesay, MoFA

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