The Gambia has asked China’s government for financial grants to jumpstart a national youth enterprise fund and train its youths in entrepreneur development.
The Gambia said it will help young people who wants to start small agricultural businesses and reduce the number of the country’s youths who are embarking on a perilous journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean into Europe.
Many of the West African nation’s youths have died and more than 25,000 of them have sought asylum Europe. Whiles The Gambia has governance issues, most of its migrant stocks are considered economic migrants.
“It is envisage that when youth are engage in productive ventures they will be inclined to stay at home rather than venture into suicide missions called ‘back way’ to Europe,” says Dembo Badjie, Gambia’s ambassador to China.
The economic outlook for The Gambia has been overly clouded forcing many to leave. Nearly 3,000 unaccompanied minors in Europe are from The Gambia.
Europe has given The Gambia’s government millions of Euros in an effort to significantly reduce migrants from the country. But the government has been accused of redirecting the funds.
Agreements between The Gambia and nations like Malta, which has financial incentives have been difficult to implement and with the EU cutting budgetary aid, the country is left scavenging for few financial streams.