The Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Nasser Bourita, chaired, on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, at the headquarters of the Ministry, an information meeting on the migration policy of Morocco with the Ambassadors accredited in Rabat. The meeting was attended by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Charki Draiss, the Minister for Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Mr. Anis Birou and the President National Human Rights Council (NHRC), Mr. Driss El Yazami.
On this occasion, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Nasser Bourita, stated that this operation stems from a deep conviction of Morocco of the need to serve the African peoples, recalling the speech addressed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the Nation on August 20th, in which the Sovereign has given special attention to migration issues.
Furthermore, Mr. Bourita recalled that in this speech, His Majesty the King affirmed that Morocco has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure.
In the same line, the Minister pointed out that this kind of meetings are justified by the important role of the ambassadors in this operation and are part of an African sequence initiated by His Majesty the King for some months in some African countries, and which was marked by the launch of several important projects and the strong involvement of Morocco in several African issues.
In this regard, the Ambassador Head of the European Union Delegation to Morocco, Mr. Robert Joy, seized this opportunity to commend the initiative of the Kingdom of Morocco to launch a second phase of regularization of irregular migrants, noting that this issue is extremely complicated.
Mr. Robert Joy also stressed the complexity and difficulty of managing the issue of migration, stating that Morocco had always taken its responsibilities in this regard and that the achievements made in this area remain important and considerable.
The European diplomat felt fortunate to be present in Morocco since the beginning of the first phase of regularization which took place in Rabat, in 2013.
In the same line, he stated that Morocco remains a reliable partner for the European Union, which is preparing a larger and more detailed program for the year 2017, to accompany this second phase, indicating that responsibilities are shared in the field of migration.
Recalling the aid and support granted to Morocco to integrate irregular migrants in the fields of health, education and vocational training, which were part of the first phase of the migration policy, Mr. Robert also mentioned the Valletta Trust Fund, one of the results of last year's La Valette summit, which will allow to work more creatively, especially in Africa, within the framework of a triangular cooperation.
On another note, the Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Rabat, Mr. Markus Woelke, stressed that Germany has an itinerary that is very close to the one of Morocco in terms of migration policy.
Mr. Markus stated that the two countries will co-chair the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2017, recalling the different aspects of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and Germany in the area of migration.
For his part, the Dean of African Ambassadors accredited to Morocco and Ambassador of the Central African Republic in Rabat, Mr. Ismaila Nimaga welcomed the royal initiative to launch the second phase of regularization of irregular migrants, qualifying it as a great decision.
It should be noted that His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God assist Him, gave his Highest Instructions for the immediate launch of the second phase for the integration of persons in an irregular situation, as scheduled and announced on December 12th, by the National Commission for the regularization and integration of migrants in Morocco.