Morocco-EU: 390 million dirham for a new programme in the field of migration

Yesterday was signed a financing agreement for the strengthening of the migration policy of Morocco.

In the margins of the international migratiedag have Morocco and the European Union Tuesday 19 december signed a financing agreement for the strengthening of the migration policy of Morocco.

The agreement was signed by Mohamed Balhas, Minister of economy and finance, Mohamed Y, Minister for employment, Abdelkrim Benatik, Minister-delegate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation and Claudia Wiedey, Ambassador of the European Union in Morocco.

The program aims to improve the management of migration in Morocco by supporting national immigration and asylum strategies, said a statement from the EU.

With a budget of 390 million dirham for a period of four years, the program offers more specifically the strengthening of the legal and institutional framework to promote the protection of migrants, and strengthen the Moroccan institutions to to facilitate socio-economic inclusion for migrants.

It will ultimately strengthen different components of national migration strategies, including:

-social and humanitarian aid to migrants and asylum seekers in Morocco, as well as the protection of migrant children and unaccompanied minors;
-the establishment of the statutory and legal framework of the national immigration and asylum strategy;
-strengthening the knowledge of migratory phenomena;
-the integration of regularized migrants;
-the extension of the programme for voluntary return of migrants to their country of origin.

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