The minister of foreign affairs has said the Gambia government has not received any communication from German authorities on the number of Gambians that have been prepared for deportation.

At least 2,500 Gambian refugees in Germany are likely to be deported after their asylum claims were rejected, refugee support group Gambia Association of Refugees Europe Branch has said.

The minister of foreign affairs Mamadou Tangara appeared before lawmakers on Tuesday in which he was asked by top Gambian lawmaker Halifa Sallah on whether the Gambia government was aware of the issue of over 2,000 Gambians awaiting deportation in Germany.

“The ministry of foreign affairs has not received any communication from the German authorities regarding the statistics the honourable member has just referred to. However, the ministry is aware of the current repatriation setup from Europe in particular Germany,” Dr Tangara said.