By Asmaa Bahadi
By Asmaa Bahadi
Rabat – After the conclusion of an agreement on the control of the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees between Turkey and the European Union, the mafias trafficking human beings are targeting other routes.
Morocco is a potential new destination.
The route to the eastern Mediterranean is closed after the agreement between Turkey and the EU. The agreement will control the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, which will have adverse consequences on Morocco and Spain as smugglers seek safer routes.
The daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia reported in its weekend edition that the consequences of these changes are considered major threats to Morocco and its Iberian neighbor, referring to a report recently released by the German television channel, Deutsche Welle (DW).
“The Spanish authorities do not hide their fears about the danger that will sweep Morocco and later could affect its southern coastline as well as the two occupied Moroccan cities, Ceuta and Melilla.”
The daily added, “Even if the Moroccan destination is financially expensive, due to its remoteness, it is still safer for the mafia of human traffickers.”
The route from Morocco to Spain emerges as the ideal route for smugglers, since the other lane, from the central Mediterranean linking Tunisia and Libya to Italy, remains very risky because of the Islamic State’s presence in Libya.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Morocco, which remains the safest and most stable country in the region, has greatly benefited from its geographic distance from the Middle East.
Moreover, the number of Syrian refugees registered in Morocco hardly exceeds 3,000 people. This situation could change after these latest developments.