Morocco’s royal navy has arrested Moroccan and non-Moroccan migrants on boats attempting to reach Spain.
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Navy has arrested 32 Moroccan migrants on board three boats for undocumented migrants off Al Hoceima.
Spain’s EFE news agency reported that the Moroccan navy arrested the migrants in multiple operations in northeast Morocco.
Quoting an anonymous source, EFE said that a Royal Navy boat transported the migrants, most of whom live nearby, to the Al Hoceima port.
The agency added that the navy previously arrested 103 migrants on Tuesday, November 27. The news outlet reported the majority of the migrants were from Morocco. The migrants were attempting to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea on small boats.
On November 28, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) shared that Morocco has disrupted 76,000 undocumented migration attempts in 2018.
Minister Delegate to the Minister of Interior Noureddine Boutayeb said that Morocco’s efforts to fight undocumented migration helped to thwart 30 “violent attempts” of undocumented migration into the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.
The official also recalled that since 2002, Morocco has dismantled more than 3,400 criminal networks and organized more than 2,000 voluntary returns to home countries for irregular migrants.
Boutayeb also discussed Morocco’s immigration policy, saying that the strategy regularized the administrative status of 50,000 immigrants.
He added that the strategy launched a series of sectoral programs that have allowed migrants and their families to benefit from all the services provided to Moroccan citizens.