European Union

The Gambia

3 projects

Following the return to democracy and the inauguration of President Barrow in January 2017, the EU stepped up its support to the New Gambia. In complementarity with the other development instruments of the EU,  the EU Emergency Trust Fund, has adopted a two-fold approach to migration, where prevention - through awareness-raising in order to better inform about the risks of irregular migration - is completed by migrant protection, including return and reintegration facilitation and institutional capacity building for migration management. In parallel, the Trust Fund is targeting the root causes of irregular migration through the development of employment opportunities for the youth.


Selected results*

2 433
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities

2 419
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development

39 023
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration

National projects

Total 3

Regional projects

Total 4

Cross-window projects

Total 4

News & Stories

Absa Jallow recounts her migrant returnee experiences and expresses hope for better futureITC
NEWS | 22 November 2019

Absa Jallow recounts her migrant returnee experiences and expresses hope for better future

As of 31 August 2019, 4,290 Gambians have been assisted to voluntarily return home under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration since the start of 2017. Over 70 per cent of these individuals were returned just from Libya, with another 25 per cent coming home from Niger....

Jerreh, a migrant returnee turned technician      ITC
NEWS | 20 November 2019

Jerreh, a migrant returnee turned technician

24 year old Jerreh Cham hails from The Gambia’s west coast settlement of Sukuta – about 13 kilometers away from the capital, Banjul. In June 2016, he left the country for Europe on his way to Libya, after passing the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE). Jerreh thought that...

NEWS | 04 November 2019

ARCHIPELAGO – 2ème appel à propositions lancé !

ARCHIPELAGO est un programme sur 4 ans (2019/2022) financé à hauteur de 15 millions d’euros, dans le cadre du Fonds Fiduciaire d’Urgence de l’Union européenne pour l’Afrique et dont l’objectif principal est d’améliorer l’employabilité des jeunes par des actions ciblées de formation professionnelle et de renforcement des capacités entrepreneuriales des...

Gambian girls: brave enough to inspire!ITC, ENABEL, IMVF, GK Partners, GIZ
NEWS | 17 October 2019

Gambian girls: brave enough to inspire!

The EU-funded programme “Make it in the Gambia» aims to improve economic development and future prospects for The Gambia’s youth, including returning or potential migrants by promoting attractive employment and income opportunities. It also supports the Government in its attempt to nurture perception shift for the Gambian population moving away...