The Ministry of the Interior yesterday issued a statement seeking to clarify that the EUTF-IOM migrant project proposes only to contribute to the sustainable reintegration of returning migrants in kind and not in cash.
The statement further said the IOM-Gambia will provide returnees with reintegration assistance following their arrival in The Gambia.
“The aim of this reintegration assistance is not to provide cash but rather a tailored in-kind support to the returnees.
“The reintegration assistance aims to contribute to providing returnees with opportunities to:
· Continue educational courses;
· Receive the medical/psychosocial care;
· Receive vocational training;
· Establish businesses (individual or collective);
· Contact the services and or/socio professional reintegration programs available in any area of return;
· Receive referral to existing job opportunities;
· Receive advice and support in designing viable business plans
This support includes provisions 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,” the statement said.