Rabat – Morocco’s Royal Navy rescued at least 80 sub-Saharan migrants from an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean on Friday, July 13.
After receiving first aid from the members of the Royal Navy, the undocumented migrants were transferred to the Zahta military port in Ksar El Kebir, a city in North Morocco.
Authorities have intervened to stop 162 other migrants as they were planning to reach the El Dorado through rickety boats.
Friday’s attempt came in the wake of a UN conference held in New York on Friday.
The conference aimed at finding lasting measures to protect the safety and dignity for all migrants, regardless of their document’ statues
The conference has also decided to sign the Global Pact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakech on December 10-11.
Morocco’s efforts heard
During the conference, several UN representatives, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saluted Morocco’s efforts to address migration issues.
Morocco’s role in intercontinental migration has grown, as it is increasingly viewed as a destination country, in addition to a transit nation.
King Mohammed VI Morocco also launched the National Policy on Immigration and Asylum in 2013.
In 2017, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Turk told Morocco World News that Morocco is now establishing itself as a destination for refugees and migrants.
“Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants, it is also fast becoming a country of destination,” said Volker.
Morocco, however, has been calling for more lasting solutions recently to end the struggles faced by migrants.
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said in June that Morocco will refuse any action from the European Union to outsource migrant reception centers to Morocco, emphasizing that this suggestion is an “easy solution.”
Hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants arrive in Morocco using perilous crossing from the North African country to Europe, especially Spain.
The number of undocumented migrants using sea routes from Morocco to Spain has more than tripled in the last two years.