In 2018, 765 Moroccan migrants sought asylum in Spain and 55 received it.
Rabat – The Spanish government is refusing asylum requests from many Moroccan migrants as the country is considered to be in a stable state.
Spanish news outlet El Pais said that Pedro Sanchez’s cabinet granted asylum to 55 Moroccan migrants. However, the Spanish government denied 595 other requests.
Despite the denial of hundreds of requests, El Pais said that Moroccans “appear in the statistics among the main beneficiaries of refugee status for the second consecutive year.”
The news outlet said that most of the migrants have been granted asylum due to their sexual or gender identity.
The news outlet added that Hirak Rif activists are also among the beneficiaries.
According to El Pais, the number of Moroccan migrants granted asylum “contrasts” with remarks made by the Spanish Secretary of State for Migration, Consuelo Rumi, who confirmed that Morocco “is not a country whose inhabitants are granted asylum or refuge.”
In her visit to Rabat on October 3, 2018, the Spanish official explained that applications from Moroccans for political asylum are generally rejected because Spain does not view Moroccan migrants as refugees.
She added that “emigration is not the solution because the journey of irregular migrants often ends badly.”
The Spanish official also said that “the European dream does not exist.”
Morocco and Spain have been facing pressure due to the increase of irregular migrants from sub-Saharan and Maghreb countries.
The Spanish Ministry of Interior said last year that Moroccan nationals make up the highest number of the 38,000 migrants believed to have entered Spain in 2018.
In October 2018 alone, 40 Moroccans applied for asylum. The migrants are a group of activists who were involved in Rif protests in Al Hoceima province in 2016 and 2017.
Undocumented migrants from Morocco are returned home in accordance with bilateral agreements signed between Morocco and Spain.