Tetouan - Morocco is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants, and will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach, King Mohammed VI said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.
Tetouan – Morocco is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants, and will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach, King Mohammed VI said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.
Morocco, “which has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure”, was one of the first countries of the South to “adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants. This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded”, the King underlined.
As part of the implementation of this policy, the kingdom has regularized the situation of migrants “using fair and reasonable standards”, the Sovereign recalled, adding that the country has “provided the conditions needed for migrants to reside, work and lead a dignified life within our community”.
The Moroccan Monarch challenged those who criticize Morocco to “provide migrants with something – if only a fraction of what we have offered”, regretting that a distorted approach to migration issues was adopted in the Mediterranean. “As a result, there has been no real policy to integrate migrants”, the Sovereign said.
The King noted with satisfaction that migrants are “hardworking people, who are known for their good behavior, their commitment to the rule of law and their respect for Moroccan values and sanctities”.
“Let me add, in this regard, that we are only fulfilling our duty towards these people, whose circumstances have led them to risk their lives and leave their families and homeland”, he added.
This humanitarian policy has earned Morocco the honor of co-chairing, alongside Germany, the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2017-2018, the Monarch recalled.