Rabat - Finnish Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen is expected to travel to Morocco and Tunisia from March 18 to 22 for a working visit, read a statement from the Finnish Interior Ministry.
During his official trip, the Finnish minister will meet with several government officials from the two Maghreb nations to discuss issues related to migration and joint actions to prevent extremism, the ministry said.
The Finnish ministry stressed the important role played by Morocco, traditionally a country of emigration due to its geographical location, in “shaping Africa’s migration strategy, aspiring to a holistic and common vision.”
The statement added that “the Moroccan government has approved the immigration and asylum strategy aimed at a successful integration of migrants into the Moroccan society.”
As migration across the central and western Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe is “clearly increasing, the role of Morocco and Tunisia as key partners of the EU is therefore important,” according to the statement.
Furthermore, the Finnish official asserted that the “democratic development of Morocco and Tunisia can have a stabilizing effect” on the whole region.