“We have a convergence of views regarding the issue of migration and we share the same vision for solutions that should be brought to manage this phenomenon,” Coulibaly told the press after a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
The two nations’ presidents agreed that it is only through “cooperation between the countries of departure, transit, and destination [that it will be possible]… to find solutions to this key issue,” the Ivorian minister said.
.“The strengthening of this bilateral partnership requires the continuation of permanent dialogue between Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco,” he continued.
Morocco has long advocated for initiatives aiming at achieving a paradigm shift on migration in Africa. The country wants to approach the issue through dialogue and humanism to maximize benefits.
Morocco’ “leading role in driving for positive change” in migration policy is endorsed and supported by the International Organization for Migration, which shares its 56 years of expertise with governmental and non-governmental actors to integrate migrations into key sectors, such as health and education.
In 2013, King Mohammed VI held a meeting with then Minister of Interior Mhand El Anssar and some human rights stakeholders to adopt Morocco’s migration and asylum policy and begin creating and implementing asylum procedures for foreign residents in the kingdom.
The decision was regarded as a turning point in Morocco’s view towards human rights for undocumented residents, mainly sub-Saharan migrants, originally from countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Guinea.