Gambians deported from Western nations have committed a range of crimes and exhausted legal remedies to challenge their conviction and stay, says its Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Saikou Ceesay
“Gambian returnees were convicted on criminal charges such as drug trafficking, domestic violence, resisting officer, revenue tax,” Ceesay said.
At least 23 Gambians have been deported since the new government took power. 20 of them deported from the United States.
The U.S. Homeland Security Department last year imposed visa restrictions on Gambia accusing the country of not accepting its citizens who were to be returned to the West African nation.
Gambia has since 2012 not accepted deportees. The Barrow administration is seeking to have the visa restriction waived and continuing the cooperation policy agreed to by the Jammeh government.
The Gambia is mainland Africa’s smallest nation with a population of fewer than two million. It is immersed in poverty forcing many of its youths to perilously cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.