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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Morocco Makes 'Considerable Efforts' to Ensure Stability at Borders & Fight against Irregular Migration (Frontex Executive Director)

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Morocco Makes 'Considerable Efforts' to Ensure Stability at Borders & Fight against Irregular Migration (Frontex Executive Director)

Morocco, "an important and strategic partner for the European Union (EU)", is making "considerable efforts" to ensure stability at the borders and fight against irregular migration, Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), Fabrice Leggeri, said Tuesday in Rabat.

Speaking with reporters following talks with Minister delegate for the Interior Noureddine Boutayeb, and the wali, director of migration and border surveillance at the Interior ministry, Khalid Zerouali, Leggeri commended "the considerable efforts" made on a daily basis by Morocco and its various operational services to ensure stability at the borders.

He also highlighted the "very important" regional role played by Morocco in this area, noting that hosting the African Observatory for Migration and Development is "tangible proof" of the very important responsibilities it carries out at the regional level.

Aware of the "very high financial cost" that this entails, Leggeri said he had discussed with officials of the Ministry of the Interior and the relevant operational services the means of developing, "in a very practical way", co-operation for the mutual benefit of Morocco and the EU.

During these talks, Leggeri shed light on the European Integrated Border Management, which deals, in addition to migration issues, with security issues and in particular with the fight against all forms of crime.

Established in 2004, FRONTEX helps EU countries and Schengen associated countries manage their external borders. It also to helps to harmonise border controls across the EU. The agency facilitates cooperation between border authorities in each EU country, providing technical support and expertise.

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