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Published On: Thu, Feb 15th, 2024

EU Council Decides To Facilitate Sanctions On Gambia

Reports have shown that the EU Council decided to facilitate Sanctions on the Gambia, stressing that cooperation on readmission with the Gambia remains insufficient with regards to the assistance provided in the identification of Gambian Nationals illegally staying in the EU.

The release further stated that the council further notes that cooperation on readmission with The Gambia remains insufficient as well as the timely issuance of travel documents, capacity and frequency of chartered flights to allow for a sustainable reduction of the number of Gambian nationals illegally staying in the member states.

In January this year, the sanctions were eased through the abolishment of the increased visa fee after the Council of the EU said there has been a substantial and sustained improvement in the cooperation on readmission with regard to the organization of return flights and operations.

Report has also revealed that the Gambia has the highest visa rejection for EU entry in 2022 with 57 percent of entry into the European Union, however it noted that regular charter flights have headed to The Gambia in the past year, as this may make a Schengen visa application cheaper, it is unlikely to make visas any more accessible.

The report concluded that the increased visa processing times continue to remain in place for Gambian Schengen visa applicants.

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