The Caucus of Moroccan Democratic Associations in Europe for Effective Citizenship Here and There (Le Collectif des Associations Démocratiques Marocaines en Europe pour une Citoyenneté Effective Ici et Là-bas) called on political parties to incorporate Moroccans residing abroad (MRE) within their national lists, in the upcoming elections side by side with women and youth, the Maghreb Arab Press news agency reported on Thursday.
New York – At a press conference held Wednesday in Rabat, dedicated in particular to the open letter it addressed to the prime minister, ministers, and presidents of both houses of parliament, the Monitoring Committee of the group said the implementation of the participatory rights of Moroccan expats to the next legislation, like other social categories, is a question that requires more attention.
The active involvement of Moroccan expats in a constitutional referendum of July 1st, is an eloquent testimony to the commitment of this segment of society to their motherland and their willingness to participate in building its future.
The Caucus of Moroccans in Europe expressed its rejection of the proposed proxy voting since the voting process is a personal, secret and sovereign matter.
The Collective of Moroccan Democratic Associations in Europe for Effective citizenship Here and There brings together a group of Moroccan associations and personalities in Europe, the Moroccan Transnational Migration and Development Network, which comprises several associations and individuals established in Morocco and abroad and the Secretariat of the Euro-Mediterranean Center of Migration and Development.
For several years Moroccans living abroad have been calling on the Moroccans authorities to enable their participation in their country’s political life and take their concerns into account.
As their remittances constitute one of the major sources of income for the Moroccan economy, they have been seeking to obtain a political participation and influence proportionate to their impact on their country’s economy.
Remittances by Moroccans living abroad have for several years been the second largest source of revenue in the balance of payments after merchandise exports. For several decades, remittances have played a vital role in Morocco’s national economy and constitute a major source of currency reserves and external financing.
Remittances by Moroccans come primarily from Europe, which is home to over two million people, concentrated mainly in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
According to a study conducted by Abdelkader ELKHIDER, Abdelhamid El BOUHADI and El Mustapha KCHIRID from Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco is largest remittance-recipient in the MENA region.
Remittances by Moroccans living abroad increased 7.8% to hit 54.10 billion dirhams in 2010, compared to 50.21 in 2009.
$1= 7.88 dirhams.
Editing by Ahmad Azizi