E.g., 08/21/2014
E.g., 08/21/2014

Country Resource - The Gambia

The Gambia

GM
  • Population......................................................................1,925,527 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate ..............................................................2.23% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate....................................................31.75 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate.................................................7.26 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................-2.23 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups...........African 99% (Mandinka 42%, Fula 18%, Wolof 16%, Jola 10%, Serahuli 9%, other 4%), non-African 1% (2003 census) 1%

CIA World Factbook

Economic turmoil has been a primary driver of emigration from The Gambia, located in West Africa and the smallest country on the African continent. Despite having a decades-old, extensive diaspora mainly in Spain, the United States, Nigeria, Senegal, and the United Kingdom, the Gambian government has only very recently begun to reach out to its citizens abroad. This article explores The Gambia's migration history, emigration and immigration trends, remittances, economic impacts of skilled emigration, and recent efforts by the government to reach out to The Gambian diaspora.

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Economic turmoil has been a primary driver of emigration from The Gambia, located in West Africa and the smallest country on the African continent. Despite having a decades-old, extensive diaspora mainly in Spain, the United States, Nigeria, Senegal, and the United Kingdom, the Gambian government has only very recently begun to reach out to its citizens abroad. This article explores The Gambia's migration history, emigration and immigration trends, remittances, economic impacts of skilled emigration, and recent efforts by the government to reach out to The Gambian diaspora.