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Moroccan Diaspora in Washington D.C. Calls For an Effective Implementation of the Constitution

By Mohamed Abdelilah, Boubker Abisourour, Moulay Driss Aloumouati, Mohammed Bourdi,Hanane Zelouani Idrissi, Mounir Moutaouakil, Naoual El Aomari Rsimi Washington DC - On October 23, 2015, the Council of Moroccans Living Abroad (CCME) sent a delegation to Washington DC and convened a meeting with about 80 members of the Moroccan community living in the Washington metropolitan area. The delegation was compose ...

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Lower House of French Parliament Passes Amendment to Revoke Dual-citizenship of Terrorism Convicts

By Zainab Calcuttawala Meknes - French dual-citizens convicted of terrorism-related offences will be stripped of their citizenship according to a highly-controversial constitutional amendment approved by France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday.  For full implementation, the measure still requires the support of the upper house, called the Senate, and a special body called Congress. The Congress forms ...

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British Island Rejects Refugees Due to Citizens Islamophobia

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - The authorities of the British island of Guernsey announced today that it would  not take any refugees displaced by the ongoing conflicts in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 250,000 people, stating that the they  can’t ensure their safety. Speaking to the BBC, Chief Minister Jonathan Le Tocq also cited worries about potential strains on infrastructure as a reason for the ...

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56% of French People Would “React Badly” if Their Daughter Married a Muslim

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Fifty-six percent of French people said they would “react badly” if heir daughter married a Muslim man. The study, published by French magazine Le Journal Du Dimanche, covered a wide range of issues regarding cultural diversity in the country including racism, Islamophbia and Anti-Semitism. Commissioned by the Foundation of French Judaism, the survey took place over the course of 1 ...

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Six People Attack Moroccan Family with Xenophobic Graffiti Messages in Spain

Rabat - Six people were allegedly arrested on January 27 in the Andalusian village of Garrucha in Spain for throwing corrosive acid bottles and lashing out at Moroccan family with xenophobic insults, according to Spanish news outlet Almeria360. The Spanish Civil Guard reported that six people, four adults between 18 and 26 and two children under 16 attacked a Moroccan family in a hate crime. The same source ...

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Young Moroccan Migrants in Sweden, Norway to be Sent Home

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Sweden and Norway have announced plans to repatriate young Moroccan and Afghan migrants. It is estimated that there are currently around 800 homeless Moroccan and North African teenagers living in Sweden alone. Swedish Newspaper Svenska Dagbladet claims that police are struggling to deal with the high number of thefts and petty crimes that these teens allegedly cause in the country ...

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Austria Plans to Deport Moroccan, Algerian Undocumented Migrants

By Jonathan Walsh, Rabat - Government ministers in Austria have announced in a report that they will now consider North African countries including Morocco and Algeria to be safe enough to deport migrants to. This comes in the wake of rising European skepticism towards the refugee crisis. The announcement is a clear shift in initiative, and comes as far right groups in Austria gain increasing levels of supp ...

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Moroccan asylum-seekers Attacked in Hate Crime at Shelter in Stockholm

New York - Hundreds of men wearing black masks stormed a shelter in Sweden on Friday night beating up refugee children in revenge for the death of a Swedish social worker allegedly killed by an asylum seeker. The angry mob went on a rampage at the Stockholm train station and attacked asylum-seekers and anyone who did not look Swedish, according to U.K.’s Daily Mail. The Stockholm station is believed to shel ...

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Cologne Attacks: German Soldier of Moroccan Descent Speaks out Against Racism

By Daniela Castro New York - Nariman Reinke, a German and Muslim female soldier, criticizes the racism that followed the Cologne attacks on New Year’s Eve. She is the daughter of Moroccan immigrants who arrived in the country 52 years ago. The recent attacks and incidents of sexual assault in Cologne have stirred up outrage and fueled civil unrest against refugees and asylum seekers across Europe. German Ch ...

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Loss of Human Compassion: A Cause for Growing Concern

By By Erkia Jarif Amsterdam - Lately I feel more afraid about the increasing hatred of and violent acts against refugees in the Netherlands from war-torn countries such as Syria. Until now, I never felt afraid in the Netherlands in my whole life. I was born here and grew up amongst the Dutch. Most of my friends are Dutch. I have always considered myself Dutch and felt a sense of belonging here. That sense o ...

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Moroccan-born Mayor of Rotterdam Named Best Political Leader in Netherlands

Rabat - Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam, was named best local political leader in the Netherlands for the second consecutive year. According to the website Bladna, the Moroccan-born politician was chosen because of his "unifying, energetic, and competent" policy The Dutch media attributes the popularity of Aboutaleb to his speech after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, when he called on Musli ...

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German Town Bans Male Refugees from Swimming Pool, Reverses Course

Taroudante - A public indoor swimming pool in Bornheim, western Germany, which had reportedly banned adult, male asylum seekers from entering the pool, after receiving complaints that women have been sexually harassed, has decided to reopen the pool. In the wake of the sexual assaults on women by young male immigrants during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne, Germany, a public swimming pool in Born ...

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