The Gambian government said it had declined a request that was made by the federal government of Germany to deport its nationals, because it was not feasible to send deportees during the outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Minister Momodou Tangara, told Parliament on Wednesday. The refusal to receive The Gambian deportees from Germany, followed concerns expressed by the government that it was not prudent to send deportees during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has claimed thousands of lives, and left millions infected.
Foreign Minister Tangara said the deportations have been put on hold until further notice. He also said 25 Gambian migrants have been convicted on criminal offenses in Germany.
There are 2,500 Gambian illegals that have been lined up to be deported from Germany. Tangara said the Barrow government was able to reach a deportation moratorium with the German government.
It was not long ago, that the German authorities had informed Banjul about their plans to deport some of the migrants, Tanagara said.
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