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RABAT (-) – Spain has requested the European Union to extend the monetary support allotted to Morocco to assist it counter unlawful migration flows, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell stated on Monday.
“Morocco helps us,” Borrel instructed a information convention throughout a go to to Rabat, including that such support shouldn’t be thought-about as a present to the North African nation because the strain of unlawful migration grew within the Western Mediterranean.
He stated support needs to be elevated past that already agreed. The EU promised final yr to offer 140 million euros ($160 million) in border administration support to assist Morocco curb migration flows. Some 30 million euros was disbursed earlier this yr.
Morocco is anticipated to obtain half of that support in budgetary assist by the top of July, whereas the opposite half would come within the type of donated tools, in accordance with Moroccan officers.
So far this yr, Morocco stopped 30,000 individuals from illegally crossing to Spain and busted 60 migrant trafficking networks, Morocco’s overseas minister Nasser Bourita stated.
In the primary 5 months of this yr, 7,876 migrants arrived in Spain by sea, 3% much less in comparison with the identical interval final yr, in accordance with International Organization for Migration (IOM) statistics. IOM figures for final month confirmed a 67% drop in sea arrivals to 1,160 individuals in contrast with May 2018.
Some 310 migrants entered Spain thus far this yr by leaping the fence into Ceuta and Melilla, two small Spanish enclaves on Morocco’s north coast.
Some 57,000 individuals arrived illegally in Spain in 2018. Morocco stated it prevented 89,000 migrants from setting out for Europe final yr.
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