OCP Policy Center Holds Seminar on Migration in Rabat

-By Josh BabbThe seminar, titled, “Migration: Reconciling Visions of North and South” will be held in Rabat on Friday, November 2.The OCP Policy Center will host the seminar in cooperation with the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMED) and the Ministry in charge of Moroccans Residing Abroad and Migration Affairs. The seminar will cover intra-African migration, removing barriers to labor mobility, long-term solutions to the root causes of migration, and reconciling security concerns with respect for human rights.Attendees of the conference include think tanks and policy analysts from across the Mediterranean and Africa joining experts in Moroccan migration policy.The seminar comes ahead of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, set to be signed by members of the UN General Assembly in Marrakech on December 12. OCP will issue a policy report at the conclusion of the seminar for the UN conference.The meeting in Marrakech next month comes as the EU seeks to develop further cooperation with Morocco and Mauritania to curb irregular migration attempts along the Western Mediterranean route.Earlier this month Morocco’s Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi reiterated the country’s refusal to house reception centers for migrants to the EU. He stated that it is just a stop-gap measure, adding “We need a long-term solution and not an immediate economic solution.”

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