The agreements seems to work in favor of Spain more than Morocco.
Rabat – Spain and Morocco have agreed on a deal to control migration pressures.
According to Spanish news outlet El Pais, both countries reached an agreement that will allow Spanish authorities to return some rescued migrants to Moroccan ports instead of Spanish ones.
The news outlet quoted three sources from Sanchez’s government, who announced that the measure will “apply to migrants found in missions where Spanish rescue services” are helping the Moroccan authorities in maritime zones under Morocco’s security control.
A Spanish government source told El Pais that the measure is in line with the “good relations” between the two countries.
Traditionally, Spanish authorities land rescued migrants in Spanish ports if found in the Strait Gibraltar or the westernmost part of the Mediterranean Sea.
The decision follows promises and negotiations between both countries to cooperate in order to curb migration.
Spain also represented the voice of Morocco at the European Union and the European Parliament, urging the EU commission to grant more financial aid to Morocco for migration controls.
During the Spanish royal visit to Morocco last week, Spain touted the strong diplomatic cooperation between both countries in all areas, especially migration.
In 2018, more than 57,000 migrants arrived in Spain through the western Mediterranean route.
Moroccan migrants represent the largest number who crossed the route at 31 percent. Guineans represent 20 percent of the number, while 16 percent of the migrants were from Mali.
Under pressure, the Moroccan government asked for more financial aid to modernize its border control equipment. In response to the Moroccan request, the European Commission announced on December 14, 2018, that it would give Morocco a fund of €148 million.
“The EU is intensifying its support to Morocco to address irregular migration in response to increased migratory pressure along the Western Mediterranean Route,” the commission said.