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African Agenda on Migration Aims to Make Migration Issue Lever for Co-development (FM)

Rabat   -  
The African agenda on migration is meant to make migration issue a lever for co-development, a pillar of South-South cooperation and a vector of solidarity, said, Tuesday in Rabat, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
African Agenda on Migration Aims to Make Migration Issue Lever for Co-development (FM)
09 January 2018

This agenda presupposes a paradigm shift, a redefinition of migration, which is based on an introspective and positive approach and a real political will on the part of States, which have a vested interest in ensuring that migration is carried out in a safe, legal, regular, orderly and humane manner, said Bourita, who was speaking at the opening of the ministerial conference for an African agenda on migration.

The equitable recruitment of migrant workers, the recognition and development of skills, the economic, social and civic integration of migrants, as well as the sharing of responsibilities for border management, are some of the major components of the African agenda on migration, the minister noted.

In the spirit of the Preliminary Note presented by HM King Mohammed VI, at the 29th African Union Summit, the African agenda on migration will focus on three main aspects. It is about making migration in Africa a choice and not a necessity, breaking free from stereotypes associated with migrants and forging a global, integrated and holistic vision of migration, centered on migration-development nexus and based on migrants' human rights, he noted.

The ministerial conference for an African agenda on Migration is a continuation of a process begun at the 28th AU Summit, when HM King Mohammed VI accepted, at the request of president of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé, coordinating AU action on migration, said Bourita, recalling that last July, and in accordance with this pan-African mandate, the Sovereign laid the first steps of an African agenda on migration, by presenting a Preliminary Note defining a "Vision for an African Agenda on Migration" at the 29th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Furthermore, he said, a Regional Retreat on Migration was held in Morocco in November 2017, with the aim of being an inclusive, consensual and participative forum for reflection, which made it possible to capitalize on the contributions of some 120 participants (ministers, senior officials, leaders of international organizations, researchers and other civil society actors).

The UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution in which Morocco was designated to host, on December 10-11, 2018, the adoption conference of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordained and Regular Migration, the minister recalled.

This designation, Bourita went on, is a recognition of the effectiveness of the national immigration and asylum policy, launched in 2013.

The minister noted that this humane and global policy has allowed the implementation of two phases of the regularization of the situation of migrants, adding that the first phase, launched in 2014, benefited 25,000 migrants out of 28,000 requests, and more than 25,000 applications have been filed since the launch of the new campaign in 2016.

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