The first day of the migration conference saw the adoption of the global migration pact, and Pedro Sanchez and El Othmani agreeing on new migration projects.
Rabat – Following his first official visit to Rabat on November 19, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez attended the migration conference in Marrakech on Monday and discussed the plight of Moroccan seasonal workers in Spain on the sidelines.
Saad Eddine El Othmani and Sanchez exchanged their views on the issue of migration, agreeing to work together through investing and launching income-generating projects that would ensure good quality of life for potential migrants in their countries of origin.
The two prime ministers reaffirmed their shared goal to promote regular migration instead of irregular and integrate migrants in each of their host countries, Morocco and Spain.
In regard to the situation of Moroccan seasonal workers in Spain, El Othmani urged Sanchez to agree on a fair employment policy that would guarantee the working conditions and dignity of the workers.
During the 2018 summer agricultural season in Spain’s Huelva, Moroccan workers complained of sexual harassment and assault, prompting both countries to investigate and stress the need to set terms to ensure better conditions for Moroccan workers.
Despite the allegations, Morocco and Spain are preparing for the next seasonal farming campaign in Huelva, in southwestern Spain.
During his recent visit, Sanchez announced his country’s intention to strengthen and modernize the border with Morocco to combat irregular migration, signifying the strong Spanish-Moroccan cooperation on security.