One of the elders in Jakoto, a village in the Gambia, told us: "Development is like a boat. It is not up to the individual to make the boat arrive at its...Read more
Since December 2018, COOPI has intervened in Gambia to assist returning migrants and in particular to take charge of the mental health and psycho-social well-being of those who have suffered violence along the Mediterranean route.
Irregular migration is a multidimensional and complex phenomenon, which also leads to countries being emptied of their human capital useful for local development. The main causes are the lack of employment and training opportunities; widespread poverty in rural areas, where agriculture is affected by climate change and socio-cultural factors and poor education and primary health services.
COOPI works to increase technical and vocational training and socio-professional integration of vulnerable young people, potential migrants and returning migrants. It offers psycho-social assistance to those who have suffered trauma; it conducts information campaigns on the risks associated with the choice of illegal migration and on possible alternatives for personal fulfilment locally.