Morocco's Decision to Settle Issue of Unaccompanied Minors, 'Positive Step in the Right Direction' (MEP)

MAP - Publié le Mercredi 2 Juin 2021 à 13:17

Brussels - MEP Andrey Kovatchev welcomed on Tuesday Morocco’s decision to definitively settle the issue of unaccompanied Moroccan minors who are in an illegal situation in some European countries, stressing that this is a "positive step in the right direction" as regards cooperation on migration between Rabat and Brussels. "Strong cooperation on migration challenges is in the mutual interest of EU and Morocco. It is crucial to ensure the safe return of children to their families while safeguarding their rights under int. law," Kovatchev said on Twitter.

The announcement by Morocco "is a positive step in the right direction," he pointed out. HM King Mohammed VI reiterated his high instructions to the ministers in charge of the Interior and Foreign Affairs so that the issue of unaccompanied Moroccan minors, who are in an illegal situation in some European countries, is finally settled.

The Sovereign had repeatedly stressed, including to heads of state, the Kingdom’s clear and strong commitment to readmitting duly identified unaccompanied minors, says a statement by the ministries of the Interior and of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad. Morocco is ready to collaborate, as it has always done, with European countries and the European Union for the settlement of this issue, the statement pointed out, noting that the Kingdom hopes that the EU and the countries concerned will be able to overcome the procedural constraints to facilitate this operation.