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Spain is trying to strengthen cooperation on migration issues in Morocco, especially in the Canary Islands

Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has traveled to Rabat, Morocco, where he held a working meeting with his Moroccan counterpart Abdelouafi Laftit to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on migration issues.

Grande-Marlaska has informed the Moroccan Minister of the Interior of the need for increased cooperation in the various areas of migration policy (control of flows, exchange of police information and operations against criminal organizations which, among other things, engage in human traffic). the route from the Atlantic facade to the Canary Islands. In this regard, the Minister has highlighted and assessed the good results achieved thanks to the policy and joint actions between Spain and Morocco in the past 2019, which managed to stop the growing trend of arrivals in 2018 with a decrease of 50 to reverse percent (64,298 entries in 2018 and 32,513 entries in 2019). This is the way to continue strengthening at the moment to meet the arrivals in the Canary Islands, the minister stressed.

The meeting had an impact on two of the key elements in the management of migration policy that the Spanish government has launched since June 2018, which made it possible to reverse the trend of arrivals between 2018 and 2019: real cooperation with countries of origin and transit, and the effective fight against Mafias who hang out with people.

This trip to Rabat is the minister’s seventh official trip to Morocco since he took over the Ministry of Interior in June 2018. This trip is part of Grande-Marlaska’s international agenda, particularly concerned with the immigration issue. In recent months he has visited Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania. The minister’s last trip to Morocco took place on February 6, 2020. Cooperation in the management of migratory flows, particularly in relation to the route of the Atlantic facade, was already on the agenda of this visit. The Minister was accompanied by the Director General for International and Foreign Relations of the Ministry of the Interior, Elena Garzn.

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