When we hear about migration in Africa, we often think about Africans making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. That most migrants however, reside within the continent, many of them circulating within the same African region, receives considerably less media attention.
Most national borders in Africa are a result of European imperialism and colonialism. These borders are of relatively little significance to a lot of Africans. Identity and family ties play a more important role in the decision, whether or not, to migrate within a certain area. People from different countries often share ethnicity, language and culture. The high intra-african migration flows are related to this.
Attracted by tourism in Gambia, some young and resilient people settle near the beaches. They, usually temporarily, make a living here. In an often very inventive way, they manage to exploit the opportunities that tourism offer.