Due to the limited knowledge of the “EUT-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration in The Gambia” The Ministry of Information Communication and Infrastructure, on Tuesday 5th December 2017, has received a press Release form IOM for clarification, dissemination on the initiative and has highlighted the support provided to the returnees and spells out the various types of assistance the initiative has in place for the returnees.
As opposed to the initial supports plans, which states the “EUTF-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant and Protection and Reintegration in The Gambia process to contribute to the strengthening migration governance and sustainable reintegration of retuning migrants in The Gambia?”
The initiative will be utilized in providing assistance to migrants in the following means; to continue educational courses; receive the medical and psychological care; receive vocational training; establish businesses (individual or collective); contact the services and or socio professional integration programs available in any area of return; receive referral to existing job opportunities and receive advice and support in designing viable business plans.
This support includes provision of tailored reintegration packages for vulnerable migrants (such as unaccompanied children, women or those requiring medical attention) which will be designed based on individual needs, including family tracing, reunification and psychosocial counseling among others.
Readers would recall that the European Union Trust Fund and The International Organization for Migration (EUTF-IOM) have on the 3rd November 2017, signed an agreement to implement “EU Trust Fund-IOM Joint Initiative for migrant Project and reintegration”.
The project is a three year initiative worth 3.9 million Euros (approximately D214, 500,000). The primary aims of the project are to provide vocational training, establish businesses, reintegration and the general welfare of the returning migrants in the country.