Migration: The European Commission promises to release the 110 million euros promised to Morocco

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The European Commission has published a report on migration in the EU space on Wednesday, 6 March. The kingdom is cited for its cooperation in the fight against smuggling networks.

"We are laying the foundations for close collaboration with Morocco (which) has already committed to strengthening border control and has already avoided a large number of departures. EU measures aim to support this process. "

"At the end of 2018, 140 million euros of aid for border management have been approved" in favor of Rabat, recalls the EC. "The first payments have been made and calls for tenders have already been issued for the purchase of essential equipment", explains the Commission.

On January 13 in Rabat, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, promised the payment "in the coming months of 110 million euros". And to recall that an envelope of 30 M € has already been transmitted in December to the government El Othmani.

Moroccans first arrived in Spain in 2018

Spain will also benefit this year from financial support of 36 million euros. The granting of this sum was decided in 2018 to strengthen the surveillance of its southern border. The Commission has said it is ready to provide Madrid with "all the financial resources and technical support necessary for managing the arrivals" of the pateras . A derisory sum compared to the 400 M € granted by Brussels in 2006 to the government of Zapatero, to make immigration to the Canary Islands.

The EC's new migratory approach plans to provide assistance to Morocco and Spain. She also wanted to praise the two countries. "Cooperation with Morocco is essential and I appreciate the efforts of the Moroccan authorities," said Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, during a press briefing.

"Spain plays an important role and all the policies implemented by the Spanish government respond to the principles on which our migration policies are based, in line with European and international standards," he added.

The EC report noted the increase of more than 20% in the number of Moroccans who arrived in Spain in 2018 aboard makeshift boats. They held first place, followed by nationals from Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Algeria.

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