MAP - Wednesday, September 4th 2019

Ibero-American Summit on Migration Opens in Mexico City with Participation of Morocco

Mexico - The Third Ibero-American Summit on Migration and Human Trafficking opened Tuesday in Mexico City with the participation of some 20 countries, including Morocco, to discuss solutions to face the migration crisis. Morocco is represented at this two-day meeting by the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), which will present the Moroccan experience in the management of this phenomenon.

Organized by the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen, the Network on Migrants and Human Trafficking and the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, this summit is an opportunity to tackle the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular Migration, human trafficking and the causes of migration. The agenda of the summit also includes round-tables on various themes, notably a round-table by CNDH Secretary General Mounir Bensaleh. An exhibition on the art of migrants is also organized within the framework of this Ibero-American summit. The CNDH chairs the Working Group on Migration within the Network of National Human Rights Institutions. This group aims to provide a new framework, to guide the reflection and to promote the dialogue on migration and human rights, said the Council in a statement issued on this occasion. The national body had issued recommendations in its report on immigration and asylum in which it called for the development and implementation of a real public policy that protects rights, on the basis of international cooperation, and integrates civil society.

In accordance with the Royal Instructions, Morocco elaborated a new migration policy based on a global and humane approach. The years 2014 and 2016 were marked by the launch of two operations to regularize the situation of illegal immigrants, the establishment of the national commission for monitoring, the development of the national immigration and asylum strategy and the launch of the legal reform process governing migration, asylum and human trafficking.