The Kingdom of Norway supports the voluntary return and reintegration of stranded migrants in Morocco
Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco, 11 December 2018: H.E. Merethe Nergaard, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway and Ms Ana Fonseca, Chief of Mission of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) signed an agreement to award a grant of NOK 4,000,000, equivalent approximately to over EUR 400,000, to the IOM as a contribution to the programme “RAISE” (Voluntary Return and Reintegration for Stranded Migrants in Morocco).
“We are pleased to continue our support to “RAISE”, contributing to IOM and Morocco's efforts to assist stranded migrants who wish to return to their home country”, stated Ms Marianne Hagen, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who headed the Norwegian delegation at the intergovernmental conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration. Ms Hagen, together with Mr António Vitorino, Director General of IOM, attended the signing of the agreement.
Morocco has over the years become a key step on the perilous journey of thousands of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan countries, to Europe. Migrants fleeing poverty, lack of opportunities or increasing violence continue to arrive in Morocco looking for better perspectives, making Morocco a destination and transit country. However, most of these migrants end up being stranded in Morocco, leaving them likely to become victims to abuse and exploitation at the hands of smugglers and traffickers.
Consequently, the Kingdom of Morocco and IOM launched since 2005 an assisted voluntary return and reintegration programme to offer the possibility of a dignified return through provision of administrative, logistical, financial support, including reintegration assistance, to migrants unable or unwilling to remain in Morocco and who decide to return to their country of origin.
This grant is another reflection of the Kingdom of Norway’s continuous support to the Kingdom of Morocco’s initiatives for an efficient migration management strategy through the reduction of irregular migration and its consequences, as well as the support to vulnerable migrants.