Spain has been urging the EU to assist Morocco financially to curb irregular migration across the Moroccan-Spanish border.
The Spanish Ministry of Interior said that the barbed wire in the fences would be replaced by other non-injurious items, according to AFP.
“The height of the fence will be increased by 30 percent, reaching ten meters, where most of the entries occurred,” Minister of Interior Fernando Grande Marlaska said.
The statement of the ministry said that “all the barbed wire will be replaced by an element” which will guarantee security “without hurting”migrants all along the fence.
The statement added that the works will begin in about a “month and a half.”
Spain and Morocco have been working together to face the challenges and pressure due to the flow of irregular migrants in Morocco.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his senior officials have been calling on the EU Commission to assist Morocco financially to face the challenges of irregular migration.
In October 2018, Sanchez spoke about Morocco’s role in controlling migration on the Moroccan-Spanish border. He called Morocco a “strategic actor” for Spain in migration policy during the Summit of the European Heads of State and Government, which took place on October 17-18 in Brussels.
Earlier this week, rumors ran wild that Morocco and Spain signed a new agreement on irregular migration.
Spanish news outlet El Pais reported that Spain will start returning rescued irregular migrants to Moroccan ports instead to Spanish ones.
However, both countries denied such agreement, emphasizing that Spain will still be landing rescued migrants to Spanish ports.