Morocco's experience of immigration and asylum highlighted in Peru

The Moroccan Ambassador to Peru, Amin Chaoudri, highlighted the Kingdom’s policy on immigration and asylum, based on a human, integrated and global approach. Speaking during a virtual meeting on the theme of “Venezuelan immigration to Peru: challenges and opportunities”, he stressed that Morocco’s commitment is illustrated by its contribution to regional and international efforts in the management of this phenomenon. and by sharing its experience with its international partners, recalling the development by the Kingdom of an effective strategy for the implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Morocco has become a host country for migrants from different regions of the world, such as the Middle East, Asia, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, he added. , noting that this transformation of Morocco into a host and residence country reflects the stability and security it enjoys, as well as its sustained economic growth. Faced with this situation, explained the diplomat, Morocco, under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, has implemented a new immigration policy according to a human, integrated and comprehensive approach, specifying that the Constitution of the Kingdom includes articles relating to immigration and residence of foreigners, non-discrimination, the right to asylum and equality in the rights of Moroccan and foreign citizens. In addition, the Kingdom has adopted, as part of the National Immigration and Asylum Strategy, a series of measures to protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, noted Amin Chaoudri, for whom this strategy has enabled , following a participatory approach, to facilitate the integration of migrants, strengthen the legal arsenal, create an appropriate institutional framework and manage migratory flows while respecting human rights. The strategy includes 11 programs covering areas as diverse as education, health, housing, social and humanitarian assistance, vocational training, employment, the management of migrant flows, the fight against human trafficking. human rights, cooperation, international partnerships, the legal framework, agreements, governance and communication, he detailed, recalling that Morocco has regularized the situation of no less than 50,000 immigrants. Amin Chaoudri added that the National Strategy for Migration and Asylum has also enabled refugees to regain their dignity and help create wealth, noting that 62% of refugees in Morocco are women and children. Stressing that immigrants residing in Morocco are currently benefiting from the coronavirus vaccination campaign, the Moroccan ambassador said that the Kingdom, which sees migration as an opportunity and not a threat, is one of the few countries that have developed a national strategy to manage this problem, becoming a model of good governance in this area. On the other hand, Amin Chaoudri returned to the Kingdom’s return to the African Union, an event that marked “a diplomatic success” and reaffirmed Morocco’s links with its African institutional family, in which Rabat plays a role. a pioneer in migration matters. The diplomat underlined the efforts and initiatives launched by HM King Mohammed VI in the field of migration in Africa, citing the creation of the African Migration Observatory in Rabat, which will provide the continent with the data necessary for decision-making and the development of migration strategies according to a clearer vision. He also recalled that the Kingdom had organized in December 2018 the Intergovernmental Conference which was sanctioned by the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, as it had encouraged the adoption of a regional roadmap for implement the principles of the Marrakesh Pact across the western Mediterranean, during the eighth Ministerial Conference of the “5 + 5 Dialogue” on migration and development, held in Marrakesh in 2020. This seminar was marked by the participation in particular of the President of the Peruvian Congress, Mirtha Vásquez, the Director of the National Migration Office of Peru, Roxana del Aguila Tuesta and the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the ‘South America, Federico Agusti. The videoconference on Venezuelan immigration to Peru also saw the participation of several officials and experts in the field.