EU GRANTS MOROCCO 148 MILLION EUROS TO TACKLE IRREGULAR MIGRATION

RABAT, Morocco- The European Union (EU) granted Morocco 148 million euros, to address the hike in irregular migration.

Granted as part of the EU emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the new funding is part of the EU’s “continuous support” for Morocco’s National Strategy on Migration and Asylum, the report said.

Citing a statement from the European Commission, MAP said, this funding “helps step up the fight against migrant smuggling, and trafficking of human beings, while improving the Moroccan authorities’ capacity, to manage their borders.”

The EU is intensifying its support to the kingdom, to address irregular migration, “in response to increased migratory pressure, along the Western Mediterranean Route,” the same source noted.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, 111,237 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea, until now, in 2018, including 55,206 irregular migrants, through Spain’s Mediterranean coasts.

Since 2014, the EU has committed 232 million euros, through different funds and instruments, to support migration-related actions in Morocco.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK