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Morocco has arrested more than 30,000 illegal immigration attempts in 2018

More than 30,000 illegal immigration attempts have been defeated by Morocco during the current year 2018, reflecting the “great effort” deployed by the Kingdom in the fight against this phenomenon and against active networks in this area, underlined Thursday in Rabat, the Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, spokesman for the government, Mustapha El Khalfi.

During a press briefing after the council of the government, El Khalfi said the data published by the Ministry of the Interior reflect the considerable efforts made by the Kingdom to fight against immigration networks underground, active mainly on the Morocco-Spain axis, recalling in this respect the defeat of 80,000 attempts during the last year.

The minister pointed out that the Kingdom’s efforts in this area are reflected in the statistics published by international and continental institutions, which show a significant drop in the number of immigrants who arrived in Spain.

Several countries, including Spain, congratulated Morocco for its efforts requiring the mobilization of human and financial resources as well as an adaptation to the changes in strategies adopted by illegal immigration networks that do not operate solely at the level of north coast but extend their activities to the south of the Kingdom, added the minister.

He assured that Morocco is pursuing its policy of fighting illegal immigration according to a humanitarian approach, stating that the Royal Navy has intensified its rescue operations for candidates for illegal emigration at the same time that Morocco is committed on the way to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration adopted last December in Marrakech.

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