Morocco spends ten times more than it receives from the EU

Morocco has been fighting illegal immigration to Europe for decades, with financial help from the EU. That said, what Morocco spends to fight against this illegal immigration and ten times more of the aid granted by the EU.

Thus, the EU supports Morocco in the fight against illegal immigration to the tune of 15 million euros per year (250 million euros for 15 years). However, Morocco spends some half a billion euros per year as underlined by the co-president of the joint Moroccan-EU parliamentary commission, Lahcen Haddad.

In a letter to his counterparts in the European Parliament about the June 24 assault on the fence separating the cities of Nador and Melilla, Lahcen Haddad upped the ante, comparing what Morocco receives in aid and what he is spending to stop migrants, noting that it is time to review neighborhood partnerships and policies with regard to the fight against illegal immigration.

In this sense, the Moroccan members of the Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee made it clear in this letter sent by Haddad that Morocco has served for decades as a safeguard for Europe against illegal migratory flows using its own resources. , especially human ones.

Indeed, MEPs recalled that the Moroccan forces strive to monitor their external land and maritime borders to prevent illegal entries into the country and internal ones to prevent illegal crossings to Europe.

It is a question of guarding and monitoring 3,500 kilometers of sea and 3,400 kilometers of land borders, insisted Lahcen. Haddad stating that despite the size of the challenge, the success stories are not lacking. He thus cites the dismantling of 1,300 networks over the last five years alone, namely 256 in 2021 and 100 until May 2022.

But not only ! The co-chairman of the Morocco-EU commission also mentioned the 360,000 illegal migration attempts and more that have been thwarted since 2017, i.e. 63,000 in 2021 and 26,000 until May 2022.

An enormous amount of work and a tangible success which should not, according to Haddad, be tarnished by tragic events such as the recent violent assault by some 2,000 migrants at Nador and Melilla, underlining that Morocco is not only a source of migration and transit, but also a land of welcome.

In this regard, he recalled that since 2013, Morocco has adopted a policy of legalization of illegal migrants which has resulted in the legalization of the cases of 50,000 migrants, in addition to some 12,000 sub-Saharan students who study in Moroccan universities, including 90% live on scholarships granted by the Moroccan government.

In this regard, Lahcen Haddad considered in his correspondence that it is high time to rethink partnerships and neighborhood policies in the fight against illegal immigration in order to work towards a more sustainable and beneficial approach for both partners and to a migration that protects national borders and sovereignties while reasonably opening doors to the legal and sustainable movement of people between countries of the North and the South.

The co-president of the committee therefore assured that shared prosperity is the key to this new model of neighborhood policy between Europe and its southern partners, recalling the assault of June 24, before emphasizing that these “migration mafias“, as qualified by the head of the Spanish government, are organized groups that exploit the aspirations of African migrants in search of a better life, to serve their designs of human trafficking, noting that these tragic events mark an enormous change in the methods used by human trafficking, illegal immigration and organized crime networks to illegally bring as many migrants as possible to Melilla.

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