Morocco to Launch a New Regularization Operation for Undocumented Migrants

Rabat – Morocco will launch a new regularization operation for sub-Saharan migrants. The new operation comes as part of the 9,000 applications submitted by undocumented migrants whose applications were not accepted in early 2015 by the National Commission charged with this operation.The review of the applications starts on Monday, October 26 in Rabat.An official from the Commission said that the legal status of a large number of the 9,000 applicants will be regularized. Applicants had met the requirements set by the Commission and will now be able to get their residency card, according to le360 newspaper.“It should well be noted that we are not launching new regularization operation, we will examine the 9,000 applications not accepted in 2014 and will respond favorably to large number of them” the same source said.The National Commission will begin to examine the applications on Monday afternoon at Headquarters of the Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH).The meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Moroccan Expatriates and Migration Affairs, with the presence of representatives from the Ministry of the Interior.Since the launching of the National Migration Strategy in 2014, it has allowed the regularization of 18,000 undocumented migrants from sub-Saharan countries.Morocco is Africa’s first country to launch such an immigration policy.

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