Interior Ministry : About 50,000 Migrants Benefited from Regularization of their Status
Some 50,000 migrants living in Morocco have benefited from the two phases of the operation to regularize their status, representing about 85% of the total number of applications submitted by foreign nationals of 113 nationalities, said, Wednesday in Rabat, Interior minister, Abdelouafi Laftit.
Presenting the draft budget allocated to the Interior ministry before the Committee of the Interior, Local Authorities, Housing and Urban Policy at the House of Representatives, Laftit said that, in accordance with the High Royal Directives, the time limit for the first renewal of the residence permit for the beneficiaries of this operation had been set at three years, provided that they do not commit any act contrary to the laws in force.
Regarding the reintegration of migrants, he noted, the ministry fulfills its duties within the ministerial commission responsible for overseeing the implementation of the new migration and asylum strategy, adding that, in order to strengthen this humanitarian approach, the Interior ministry has worked to strengthen the voluntary return program by signing several agreements with the International Organization for Migration, whereby migrants residing illegally on Moroccan territory are voluntarily repatriated to their country of origin under conditions that respect their rights and dignity.
In the same context, the minister pointed out that public and security authorities have continued to counter trafficking and smuggling networks, which use sophisticated means to transport illegal immigrants.
The Moroccan official noted that the efforts made until the end of September 2018 have made it possible to thwart some 68,000 illegal immigration attempts and dismantle 122 trafficking networks, adding that since 2002, more than 3,300 criminal networks were put out of harm's way and some 2,000 boats carrying illegal immigrants were seized.
MAP 07 November 2018