Rabat - Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou, said that around 15,000 naturalization applications were filed by nationals from more than 90 countries, according to Maghreb Arab Press.
Rabat – Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou, said that around 15,000 naturalization applications were filed by nationals from more than 90 countries, according to Maghreb Arab Press.
Speaking at an international conference under the theme “Europe – Morocco: African Migration and Human Rights Issues” on Wednesday in Rabat, the minister noted that a large operation was launched on January 2nd for the naturalization of migrants residing in Morocco, to be completed by the end of the year.
Birou added that the Moroccan government has mobilized significant human and logistical resources on this initiative. “Morocco has also engaged in several actions to facilitate the integration of these new residents in Moroccan society and to provide them with decent living conditions, particularly through the education of their children, the teaching of language and Moroccan culture for adults, vocational training, access to the labor market, and medical coverage and social support,” he said.
“We have taken other measures to ensure serious guarantees on all of our initiatives, such as the establishment of a mechanism for consultation with NGOs on human rights and the upgrade of the legislative and institutional framework on asylum, the rights of migrants and trafficking in human beings,” he said.
Birou stressed that, in order to support the integration of immigrants, action has been organized on two levels: the first dedicated to the implementation and monitoring of the integration of immigrants at the political, social, economic and cultural levels, and review of relevant legislative and institutional frameworks, while the second part is dedicated to information monitoring, research and planning.
Birou also noted that over the past several years, Morocco has become a country of residence for thousands of foreigners who came to the kingdom either voluntarily or as a result of the difficult economic and political conditions in their countries of origin.
Edited by Jessica Rohan
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