EU Reinforces Support to Morocco to Address Irregular Migration: €148 Million Mobilized in 2018
The European Union (EU) has reinforced its support to Morocco to address irregular migration by bringing the total amount mobilized in 2018 under the EU emergency Trust Fund for Africa to € 148 million.
"The additional funding adopted under the EU emergency Trust Fund for Africa will bring the overall migration-related assistance to Morocco to €148 million in 2018," according to a press release of the European Commission, published on Friday.
The new funding, which is part of the EU's “continuous support” for Morocco's National Strategy on Migration and Asylum, “helps step up the fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings, while improving the Moroccan authorities' capacity to manage their borders,” notes the Commission, adding that the EU is intensifying its support to the kingdom to address irregular migration “in response to increased migratory pressure along the Western Mediterranean Route”.
"Together with our Member States, the EU is stepping up its support to Morocco, a key partner for the European Union. The EU and Morocco need to tackle the current challenges together; together we can fight smugglers, save lives, and support people in need,” said EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, quoted in the release.
“But our cooperation goes far beyond migration: we are working to strengthen our partnership via socio-economic development, decentralisation and integration of the youth - to the benefit of the people in Morocco and in Europe", he added.
For his part, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said that "Morocco is under particular migratory pressure with flows along the Western Mediterranean increasing. This is why we are intensifying and deepening our partnership with Morocco and increasing our financial support”.
According to him, this funding will help “to strengthen border management and the fight against smugglers together but also to improve the protection of migrants and to help prevent irregular departures by supporting economic development in the region”.
“Shared challenges require joint solutions and partnerships, and the EU stands by Morocco", he stressed.
Since 2014, the EU has committed €232 million channelled through different funds and instruments to support migration-related actions in Morocco.
MAP 15 December 2018