The European Union and Morocco launch a renewed partnership

As part of the regular political dialogue between the Kingdom of Morocco and the EU, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, and the Spanish Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, met, on Friday in Rabat, the Moroccan Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit.

While highlighting the convincing results of their cooperation based on shared responsibility in the area of ​​migration, they agreed to renew their partnership to deal together with human trafficking networks, particularly following the emergence of new modes extremely violent operations adopted by these criminal networks, indicates a joint press release published at the end of this meeting, adding that they denounce the actions of these networks, their accomplices and all those who help them.

The Commissioner and the Ministers mourn all the deaths of people trying to emigrate irregularly, including those that took place during the last painful events of 24 June 2022. They also mourn the injuries, including among law enforcement officers Moroccan and Spanish, continues the same source.

These events, in addition to their dimension of human tragedy, demonstrate the extreme dangerousness and violence of human trafficking networks which are ready to take all risks, underlines the joint press release, noting that investigations are continuing in order to elucidate the aspects related with these events.

At the same time, the European Commissioner and the two Ministers welcomed the fact-finding mission carried out by the National Human Rights Council of the Kingdom of Morocco with a view to establishing the facts, respect for fundamental rights being a shared value by Morocco and the European Union, indicates the same source.

The new operational partnership in the fight against human trafficking between the Commission and Morocco could cover in particular support for border management, the strengthening of police cooperation, including joint investigations, raising awareness of the dangers of migration irregular, as well as the strengthening of cooperation with the agencies of the European Union responsible for internal affairs, it is explained.

And the joint communiqué affirms that Morocco is a strategic and committed partner of the European Union with which the partnership on migration goes back several years, noting that the National Strategy for Immigration and Asylum (SNIA) constitutes today one of the most advanced models of migration management, both legislatively and institutionally, having made it possible to regularize the administrative situation of several thousand migrants and to integrate them into Moroccan society.

Morocco is also one of the founding states of the Rabat process and King Mohammed VI is designated by his peers African Heads of State as the leader of the African continent in migration issues, the same source continues.

Morocco’s operational efforts prevent tens of thousands of irregular departures to Europe with a significant number rescued at sea, the statement recalls, noting that the Kingdom also proceeded, during the same period, to the dismantling of a hundred networks. human trafficking criminals.

Under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is setting up migration partnerships with countries of origin, transit and destination to tackle human smuggling networks, but also s address the root causes of migration and improve opportunities for legal migration, so that people do not feel the need to risk their lives on dangerous journeys, the joint statement concludes.

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