Morocco and Spain aim to strengthen control of migration flows

The Spanish Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez, attended, this Friday in Rabat, a meeting of the Spanish-Moroccan Permanent Group on Migration, which addresses bilateral cooperation on the management of migration flows. A meeting that comes after the resumption, Thursday, May 5, of cooperation between the two kingdoms on migration issues after two years of freeze due to the Covid-19 pandemic and then a diplomatic crisis that has just been resolved.

In a statement, the Spanish Undersecretary of State for the Interior, Isabel Goicochea, described the reactivation of the transit operation between Morocco and Spain as “an excellent international example of good coordination between neighboring countries.

As part of the fight against illegal immigration, some 16,000 agents of the national police and the Civil Guard will be mobilized this summer to ensure the security of the Moroccan return operation. For its part, Morocco, a major trading partner of Spain, is considered by Madrid as a “strategic” ally in this fight. Located at the northwestern tip of Africa, Morocco is a transit country for many migrants seeking to reach Europe from its Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts.

In 2021, more than 40,000 migrants, mostly from Morocco, arrived by sea in mainland Spain and in the Balearic and Canary Islands, according to official Spanish figures.

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