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Reflecting on the UN statement regarding Morocco’s Migration Policy

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By Nathan Park
HAF Intern

A released UNCTAD report highlights Morocco’s leadership regarding intra-African migrant issues. The report endorses Morocco’s “flagship” migrant regularization program and praises it for its progress. While Morocco has established new programs and legislation designed to meet the growing migrant population needs within its borders, there is a large implementation gap between policy and physical results.

In theory, these regularization programs are designed to aid and afford every migrant the necessary rights needed to settle into Morocco, but speaking to sub-Saharan migrants here in Morocco yields a different story. Legal aid for migrants is scarce and many struggle to obtain the promised resources and legal status under the new “regularization” programs. Despite minimal results occurring four years after its implementation, Moroccan residents have been rising to face the growing strains on their communities.

University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah in Fes proposes starting a Law Clinic which will hold educational training sessions involving the three beneficiary groups. These workshops will inform migrants, law students, and civil society organizations on migrant rights under the new regularization programs. In turn, irregular migrants will receive direct legal consultation from these law students, giving them real world experiences, and the civil society organizations will be better equipped to help vulnerable populations. Each group benefits from the other. The end result being a more united Morocco.

Hassan II University’s Faculty of Law, Economics, and Social Sciences in Mohammedia created Legal Aid Law Clinic, in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy and the High Atlas Foundation, to support communities of the province in overcoming barriers related to their own self-development.  They can transition its center to bring benefits to undocumented migrants, law students, and civil society organizations.

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