The European Commission has recently emphasized the importance of Morocco’s preventative efforts to reduce undocumented migration in Spain.
Rabat – According to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Spain has reduced the number of undocumented migrants crossing its borders by more than 50%.
The prime minister emphasized that the vast reduction in irregular migrant arrivals was thanks to cooperation with international partners, especially Morocco.
“We have managed to reduce by more than 50% the number of illegal migrants arriving on our shores through cooperation with our partners, especially with Morocco,” Sanchez said during a televised debate on Monday, November 4.
The debate convened leaders of the main Spanish political parties represented in parliament.
The Spanish Prime Minister explained that his country advocates a “humanitarian approach, dialogue, and cooperation with countries of origin and transit like Morocco” for the management of migration flows.
Last week, the Spanish Interior Ministry emphasized that Spain reduced arrivals of undocumented migrants arriving by sea in Spain between January 1 and October 30 by more than 53% compared to a year earlier.
The statistics shared by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) added that a total of 22,247 undocumented migrants reached Spanish by the sea in makeshift boats as of October 30 against 47,684 migrants during the same period of 2018.
The number represents a decline of 53.3%, the ministry added in its report on irregular migration from January to October 2019.
About 1,030 boats arrived on the Spanish coast from January to October of 2019, compared to 1,775 boats during the same period last year. The difference constitutes a 42% decrease.
A recent report from the European Commission also extolled Morocco’s effective cooperation to help reduce the number of undocumented migrants in Spain.
For the commission, the “preventive efforts by Moroccan authorities continue to be effective and they are key to understanding the strong reduction in arrivals in Spain during 2019.”
Morocco’s approach to fighting irregular migration takes into account “shared responsibility” as a key aspect in tackling the issue.
In August, the director of migration and border surveillance at Morocco’s Ministry of Interior Khalid Zerouali said that “border security is the responsibility of all countries, all countries must contribute to make the fight against cross-border crime an effective fight.”
The Moroccan government announced in August that Morocco aborted 57,000 irregular migration attempts in 2019.