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26 Aug 2015 description

L'Union européenne a réaffirmé son soutien à la nouvelle politique migratoire et d'asile du Maroc qui s'appuie sur le plein respect des droits de l'Homme et qui poursuit des objectifs clairs en matière d'intégration des migrants réguliers et de reconnaissance du statut de réfugié.

25 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch
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Taboo Appears Over, but Proof Will be Change in Practice

(Rabat) – Moroccan authorities have for the first time allowed a Sahrawi human rights organization fiercely critical of the government to legally register. This advance for freedom of association in Morocco came 10 years after the Western Sahara group applied and nine years after a court ruled that the government had unlawfully impeded the group from registering.

25 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Un tabou est levé, mais la preuve du changement viendra des pratiques

18 Aug 2015 description
report The New York Times

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO AUG. 18, 2015

ROME — Italian officials said on Tuesday that they had arrested the captain and crew of a boat in which 49 migrants suffocated over the weekend after they were blocked from leaving the ship’s hold.

The eight men, who said they were from Libya, Morocco and Syria, are accused of multiple homicide and illegal immigration, officials said at a news conference in Catania, Sicily, where the Norwegian ship that transported the 312 survivors of Saturday’s rescue remains docked.

18 Aug 2015 description

Italy - IOM teams who met survivors of another Mediterranean tragedy this past weekend learned grisly details of an asphyxiation that claimed dozens of migrants’ lives.

On Saturday in the Channel of Sicily 49 migrants were found dead on a ship carrying over 300 people. The survivors were rescued by the Italian Navy ship “Cigala Fulgosi” 21 miles off Libya’s coast.

17 Aug 2015 description

Catania, Italy | 17:30 GMT

by Alessio TRICANI

They made it to Italy in the end but it was tragically nothing like the arrival they had dreamed of.

The corpses of 49 migrants who died in horrifying circumstances in the latest Mediterranean boat tragedy were delivered to Sicily on Monday in a refrigerated container.

The white metal box, stamped with the letters UN, was winched from the Norwegian ship "Siem Pilot" on to a waiting lorry at the port of Catania several hours after more than 300 survivors had disembarked.

13 Aug 2015 description

Rabat, Morocco | Thursday 8/13/2015 - 12:53 GMT

A woman and two girls have been found dead after they went missing in a flash flood caused by torrential rain in central Morocco, authorities said Thursday.

They were found Tuesday and Wednesday several kilometres from the course of the flood in a valley known as Wadi Alfet, near Azilal.

Authorities and residents are still looking for two other women, said official press agency MAP.

All five were reported missing Monday after they had sought shelter in a house that was later swept away in the flood.

11 Aug 2015 description

Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Tuesday 8/11/2015 - 12:35 GMT

Five people have gone missing after torrential rain hit Morocco's central region of Azilal, the authorities said.

"Three women and two little girls were reported missing Monday following the floods... caused by torrential rain and storm winds," official news agency MAP quoted the authorities as saying.

The victims had been inside one of three houses swept away by a flash flood in a valley known as Wadi Alfet.

Residents and authorities are still looking for missing persons.

11 Aug 2015 description

Rabat, Maroc | AFP | mardi 11/08/2015 - 10:49 GMT

Cinq personnes sont portées disparues dans le centre du Maroc après des pluies "diluviennes" ayant touché la région d'Azilal, ont annoncé les autorités dans un communiqué.

"Trois femmes et deux petites filles ont été portées disparues lundi suite aux inondations (...) provoquées par des pluies diluviennes et des vents orageux", selon le texte reproduit par l'agence MAP.

11 Aug 2015 description
North Africa - version 3
Technical annex - version 3

AMOUNT: EUR 16 000 000

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

July 2015 – Modification No. 2

11 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

NADOR, 10 août 2015 (IRIN) - Le Maroc est devenu un véritable goulet d’étranglement pour les migrants d’Afrique subsaharienne qui cherchent à se rendre en Europe, arrêtés dans leur élan par les gouvernements marocain et espagnol qui travaillent main dans la main pour stopper le flux des migrants à travers la Méditerranée.

Des milliers de migrants en situation irrégulière n’ont pas pu ou pas voulu profiter du processus de « régularisation » offert de manière limitée par l’État marocain sous la forme de près de 18 000 permis de séjour d’un an.

10 Aug 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

WFP’s strategy in Tunisia and Morocco is to support national capacity development for school feeding. WFP provides the two governments with technical assistance in order to enhance their national school feeding programmes.

In 2011, WFP re-opened an office in Tunisia to provide assistance during the Libya crisis.
In 2003, WFP closed its office in Morocco.

31 Jul 2015 description

Description: In 2014, significant flows of migration to, through and from the Middle East and North Africa continued unabated. Ongoing conflict, economic stagnation, and political turmoil were main drivers of migration, though motives for movement remain complex. Irregular migration – especially for vulnerable or under-protected people such as unaccompanied minors, women and sexual minorities – exposed migrants to an array of risks as they attempted to attain physical safety and economic stability.

31 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus

  • Pakistan: Getting Back on Track

  • Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities

29 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

NADOR, 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean.

Thousands of irregular migrants were unable or unwilling to take advantage of the Moroccan government’s limited “regularisation” process that granted less than 18,000 one-year residency permits.

They now play a cat-and-mouse game with the police in the northern Riff mountains overlooking the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

22 Jul 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, July 22, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 151st Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

See the full press release

Grant funding totaling US$4.24m was also approved for the following:

20 Jul 2015 description
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This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of disasters in the Arab states. The study provides an assessment, interpretation and visualization of ten national disaster loss databases from the region (i.e.: Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen) including damage and loss data from the previous thirty years.

14 Jul 2015 description
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International Annual Report 2014
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Facts and Figures 2014

The 2014 International Annual Report of SOS Children's Villages, published today, presents risk factors for family breakdown and positive impacts of family strengthening, along with programme statistics and financial results.

In 2014, SOS Children’s Villages International provided sustained care for more than 439,000 children, young people and adults through its Family Strengthening and Family Based Care programmes.

SOS kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres and social centres provided education and learning opportunities for over 206,000 people.

09 Jul 2015 description
map Maplecroft

In recent weeks, the Turkey to Greece sea passage has surpassed the North Africa to Italy route in volume of migrants and asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe. Increasing numbers of refugees are fleeing extreme human security situations in Syria (ranked 1st and most at risk out of the 198 countries assessed in Verisk Maplecroft’s Human Rights Risk Index 2015), Iraq (3rd) and Afghanistan (5th), placing further pressures on a weakening Greek economy and struggling infrastructure.