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Hungary Announces €30 Million Aid for Morocco to Control Migration

Hungary, whose nationalist prime minister is known for his anti-immigrant views, announced a financial aid package to help Morocco control its borders.

Rabat – Morocco’s Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mounia Boucetta met on Wednesday and Thursday in Budapest with the Hungarian secretary of state for economic diplomacy, Levente Magyar.

Magyar expressed Hungary’s will to support Morocco in managing migration through €30 million in financial aid. The package was approved at a summit between eastern European prime ministers and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February.

Magyar also highlighted Morocco’s position as a regional hub and competitive platform facilitating access to the African market.

The Hungarian official said that Morocco is a “strategic partner of Hungary and a pole of stability in the region.” He expressed Hungary’s “strong commitment to further strengthen bilateral partnership ties” and to diversify cooperation in agriculture, higher education, and air transport.

In the wake of the meeting, on Friday, March 15, an Australian extremist carried out a cold-blooded terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques, driven by anti-immigrant sentiments, according to a manifesto he wrote. Prior to the attack, he reportedly travelled to many Eastern European countries, including Hungary.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has spoken out vehemently against immigration and attempted to keep refugees and immigrants out of his country.

Last year, Hungary demanded the resignation of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein for criticizing “xenophobes and racists in Europe.”