The European Union is pledging to give the Gambia an additional €33 million euros to help the West African nation create jobs for its youths.
It is the latest attempt by European leaders to curb the illegal migration of youths from the country to mostly Italy, Germany and Spain.
EU has already given the Gambia €11 million euros to give as grants to young Gambian entrepreneurs and an additional €16 million euros for businesses to expand to create jobs.
Tens of thousands of Gambian youths have been arriving in Europe by perilously crossing the Mediterranean for better economic opportunities and to escape former President Yahya Jammeh’s repression.
Jammeh has fled to exile following his election defeat and his ouster saw a drop in the number of Gambian arrivals.
Interior ministers from 14 nations and the European Union agreed Monday to boost cooperation to tackle the migrant crisis along the deadly central Mediterranean route, promising to address why migrants leave home and to beef up actions against human traffickers.
It was the second meeting of the group of European and African countries — and it included Libya, a smuggling haven for migrants.
In the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea, a 20 percent increase from the same period last year, and more than 2,200 others have apparently died trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.