Morocco king orders launch of second campaign to regularise illegal immigrants
CASABLANCA – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered the launch a second campaign to regularise the situations of illegal immigrants living in the North African kingdom.
“In accordance with the high instructions of King Mohammed VI, the second phase of the campaign for the regularisation of the situation of illegal immigrants in Morocco will be launched immediately, as already planned for the end of 2016,” the National Commission in charge of the Regularisation of Illegal said on Monday.
“During the King’s visits to sub-Saharan African countries, several Heads of State congratulated the Sovereign and the Kingdom of Morocco for its migration policy, which aims at promoting the economic and social integration of illegal immigrants mainly those from Sub-Saharan African countries,” the commission added in a statement.
“Given the success of the first phase of the regularisation campaign that was held in 2014, the King gave his high instructions for the launch of the second phase of the integrating illegal immigrants as already planned by the end of 2016,” said the source.
This second phase, which will kickstart immediately, will take place under the same conditions as the first phase, which involved about twenty-five thousand people.
In a speech to the nation on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the monarch said that Morocco was one of the first countries of the South to have adopted a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants.
“This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded,” he said.
“As part of the implementation of this policy, my country has, without any arrogance, pomposity or discrimination, regularised the situation of migrants using fair and reasonable standards. It has provided the conditions needed for migrants to reside, work and lead a dignified life within our community.
“This is hardly surprising on the part of Moroccans, considering the way they always treat their guests. Generosity, hospitality and the warmth of their welcome have long been deep-rooted features of our identity and culture.
“I am deeply satisfied to note that migrants are hardworking people, who are known for their good behaviour, their commitment to the rule of law and their respect for Moroccan values and sanctities. Let me add, in this regard, that we are only fulfilling our duty towards these people, whose circumstances have led them to risk their lives and leave their families and homeland.
“Morocco, which has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure, is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants. It will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach,” he added.