Road transport: Spain in search of Moroccan drivers

Hit hard by a glaring lack of manpower in this area, the European transport sector intends to encourage the migration of Moroccans, particularly to remedy the shortage of manpower. To this end, it has set up a specific program, one of the first of its kind, according to information relayed by Reuters citing “a high-level Spanish government source”.

The program will allow flexibility in the employment process for Moroccans, whose number has not been specified to date, Reuters reports.

The beneficiary categories will occupy vacant technical positions, after an upstream process. The truckers will be selected and then trained in the subject. Indeed, part of this training will be provided in Morocco and the other part in Spain. The process of the program should be sanctioned by a work contract, whose duration will be set at a minimum of one year, says the same source.

Remember that Europe is facing a real need for truck drivers to maintain supply chains, whose number exceeds 400,000, according to data provided by the European Road Transport Association in 2022.

Programs such as this one promote circular migration and at the same time mitigate the risks associated with irregular immigration, especially since they have the advantage of bringing positive socio-economic results for both Spain and the migrants.

The management of migration flows is one of the common areas of cooperation between Rabat and Madrid. The two partners welcomed, Thursday, February 2 in Rabat, the operational and efficient cooperation in the field of circular and regular migration, set as a model at the international level, and this, at the end of the 12th session of the Moroccan-Spanish High Level Meeting, held under the chairmanship of the Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch and the President of the Spanish government Pedro Sanchez.

In the same vein, the two countries have expressed their willingness to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against irregular migration, border control, the fight against trafficking and readmission of illegal migrants.

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