About 18,000 regularized migrants in 2014 in Morocco

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The numbers of applications have received a favorable opinion in the context of the special regularization of foreigners in Morocco, which expired on December 31, amounted to 17,916, a total of 27,332 applications, a rate satisfaction of 65 pc, announced Monday in Salé, Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior, Drais Cherki.

Speaking at a press conference dedicated to the presentation of the quasi-definitive results of this extraordinary transaction, Mr. Drais stressed that applications from women and children, about 10,178, were accepted at 100 pc.

The operation, officially launched in November 2013, has benefited nationals from 116 nationalities headed the Senegalese (6600), followed by the Syrians (5250), Nigerians (2380) and Ivorians (2281), said M . Drais.

The region Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer is high on the regions of the Kingdom in terms of receiving these files with 8198 requests (29.99 pc), followed by Greater Casablanca 6363 (23.28 pc), the Oriental with 2730 (9.99 pc) and Fez-Boulemane with 2686 (9.83 pc).

This has largely achieved the desired results, since it involved over 90 pc of illegal immigrants in Morocco, while estimates had forecast an estimated effective at between 25,000 and 30,000 migrants, he said, adding that these results have been achieved through the participatory approach adopted during the various stages of preparation and implementation of the national strategy and, in particular through the combined efforts of all government departments including the Ministries of inside, one in charge of Moroccans living abroad and business migration, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Interministerial Delegation for Human rights (IHRL), in addition to the constitutional institutions like the National Council of human rights and civil society actors.

Mr Drais, 2014 has been, in fact, a major turning point in the management of migration affairs, thanks in particular to the guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the mobilization of the government to give substance to this new policy, through approaches with the evolution of this problem and take into account the depth of the African Morocco and its international commitments to protect the rights of refugees and immigrants.

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