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DW tackles the problem of youth migration in the Gambia

What drives young Gambians to risk their lives and flee to Europe? At a recent town hall meeting in the capital Banjul, representatives from DW’s African distribution and programming departments gathered for a discussion with locals and former refugees.

It was made clear in the discussion that leaving the Gambia is on the minds of many young people. An estimated 10,000 Gambians crossed the Medditerrainian Sea in 2016. Many said that even if they only had a remote chance of making it to Europe, they would take the risk. But others noted that the image of Europe in the minds of young Gambians was unrealistic and not like they see in movies.

One of DW’s strengths is going to where the audience is and understanding the problems that are shaping their world. At the Banjul discussion, over 300 people gathered to discuss the reasons why so many people are migrating from Africa, including the political and institutional failures that have led to a frustrated generation without any perspective.

Migration from Africa is one of the most critical issues facing Europe in the next decade. By going to the sources of large and seemingly abstract social issues, DW creates a greater sense of clarity, reality and eventually help establish dialogue with young Africans.

If more young people are presented with facts, maybe they can be persuaded to explore other options besides risking their lives on an uncertain and dangerous journey.

The Migration Dillema is a series of discussions DW is holding in four African countries. The discussion in Banjul was organized in cooperation with DW’s local partner Paradise FM.

DW’s discussion in Banjul attracted hundreds of people

Date

2017-10-11 | 11:13

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New multimedia project about migration

Today, Deutsche Welle officially launched Destination Europe – its multimedia project examining the challenges and opportunities associated with migration and present a realistic picture of life in Europe.

What drives young Africans to search for a new life in Europe? How do they get there? And do their dreams come true? The 15-part “Destination Europe” series goes inside the real lives of African migrants and follows them from the moment they decide to leave their home to their experiences in Europe.

The project includes radio dramas, video portraits, informational charts, picture galleries and social media activities, like an online discussion using Facebook, with experts and those affected. “Destination Europe” is available in English, French and Arabic, with a special in German.

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2011-12-01 | 4:07

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Coming Home goes online

To accompany our new series Coming Home, our team from New Media has put together an interactive website highlighting our series' stars. Coming Home follows individuals – who now live in Germany – as they travel back to their roots.

Check out Coming Home

 

Date

2011-04-05 | 2:56

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