Immigrants queue outside the governor’s office in Rabat on January 2, 2014 in order to apply for residency permits. Photo: AFP/ Fadel Senna . * “Morocco’s new strategy is on the right track. Some 12,034 immigrants have submitted applications to regularize their status, according to the National Human Rights Council (CNDH).” *
Magharebia , by Siham Ali (Rabat, Morocco, March 6, 2014) — Morocco updated the United Nations on the progress of its new plan to regularize the status of up to 40,000 illegal immigrants. Since its launch in January 2014, Morocco immigration reform has been hailed as an example of effective government policy, Minister-Delegate for Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva on Tuesday (March 4th).
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union said Morocco’s policy was “pioneering and courageous,” Bouaida said at the UN meeting, which focused on the promotion and protection of immigrants’ rights. She underlined the need for UN member states to pool their efforts to include the issue of migration in the post-2015 development agenda. Morocco’s new strategy is on the right track. Some 12,034 immigrants have submitted applications to regularize their status, according […]