EYEAFRICA TV: Two German humanitarian organisations that provide support to refugees have warn President Adama Barrow and his government to be considerate of the plight of Gambians who are deported from German. They express concern for Gambia’s social peace, saying that could be endangered by a large number of hopeless returnees.
In a letter sent to Mr. Barrow and copied to the executive and legislative arms of the Gambia Government, the German refugee helpers on deportations expressed the opinion that German politicians and authorities would have other options than the deportation of rejected asylum seekers.
Between mid-2018 to 2019, several Gambians living in Germany were deported on the basis of either undocumented reasons or their involvement in illegal activities.
In June, a German member of parliament from Baden-Württemberg Manuel Hagel visited The Gambia where he said two third of Gambian migrants whose asylum cases were rejected will be legally requested to leave the country.
Since 2017, over 4000 Gambians are reported to have voluntarily returned from migrant transiting countries in Africa while many were deported from Italy and Germany.
The organisations said collective and individual deportation of Gambians from the previous months were perceived both in The Gambia and in Germany with great dismay. “Arrests out of German companies, the handcuffing of deportees and detention in deportation prisons have led to criticism of deportation practices in both countries.”
Both organisations support refugees in Germany and stand up for their rights and support their integration into German society and the German working world. The members and participants of both organizations are mainly from the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany.
Pressure mounted on President Adama Barrow government in December 2017 when the German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier conduct his first visit to The Gambia. Many Gambians suggest one of Mr. Steinmeier’s discussion with President Barrow will be placed on the possible deportation of Gambians living in Germany.
The organisations stated that a large part of The Gambian migrants is living in the state of Baden-Württemberg, and almost all Gambians who have been deported from Germany in recent months have previously lived in this Federal State.
They hope that their statement will be heard and would look forward to feedback from the President, the Vice-President and other members of the Government of the Republic of The Gambia.
The statement of concern represents the view of German full-time and honorary refugee helpers on the subject of deportations to The Gambia in which they note that not only Gambians have been brought back who were accused of being guilty of violating the laws of Germany. “Many of the deportees were well integrated into German society, had a permanent job, made their own living and never came into conflict with German laws.”
The refugee supporters express the opinion that German politicians and authorities would have other options than the deportation of rejected asylum seekers.