The launching of the second phase of illegal immigrants’ regularization campaign in Morocco 12 Dec 2016
The National Commission in charge of Illegal Immigrants Regularization have stated in a press release that in accordance with the guidance of HM King Mohammed VI, the second phase of the campaign for the regularization of the situation of illegal immigrants in Morocco will be launched, as already planned, for the end of 2016.
This second phase, which will be launched this immediately, will take place under the same conditions as the first phase, which involved about twenty-five thousand people and had been very successful in 2014.
This integrated policy, which has humanitarian values basis, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded. As part of the implementation of this policy, Morocco has regularized 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 the Moroccan community.
To recall, Morocco adopted a new migration policy providing protections for migrants and asylum seekers in November 2013, becoming the first country in the Arab world to develop such a policy. Implementation of the first phase of the campaign took place in 2014 and successfully regularized the status of 25,000 migrants, providing them with residency papers.
Morocco is also one of the first countries of the South to adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants.
It is worth recalling that HM the King has said in a speech on the occasion of the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People: “I am deeply satisfied to note that migrants are hardworking people, who are known for their good behavior, 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.”