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Spain asked Morocco to restart the return operation for Moroccan migrants arriving in European cities, particularly Spanish ones, after both governments met this Thursday in Rabat in the context of the XX Meeting of the Permanent Group on Migration, a forum where has addressed the strategy to “disincentivize” irregular immigration.


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Spanish representatives have also insisted on the value of the usefulness of mixed police patrols between the two countries, in joint work on return, “as a disincentive element for departures to the Canary Islands, [el cual] is proving to be an effective tool in dismantling trafficking networks”.

The meeting is part of the “roadmap” agreed on April 7 after the meeting between the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the King of Morocco, Mohamed VI.

According to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, it has served to “reinforce dialogue” between high-level officials, as happened on Wednesday in another meeting on the preparations for Operation Crossing the Strait (OPE), which is being resumed this year after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Migrants arriving irregularly in the Canary Islands in the month of April have been reduced by 78.1 percent compared to those who arrived in the month of January, according to the latest figures from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.

There are 10,180 migrants who have arrived in Spain irregularly, 4,202 of whom did so in January, compared to the 1,473 registered last month.

Spain has also insisted on the resumption of the bilateral Permanent Dialogue on Migration, focusing on consular “efforts” to speed up the granting of visas.

“This is in the interest of both parties, by promoting orderly and regular mobility. Spain wants more and more Moroccan students to improve their academic training in Spanish institutions,” says the official statement.

The imminent World Forum for monitoring the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Spanish Presidency of the so-called Rabat Process, the Team Europe initiative for the Atlantic Route and the Western Mediterranean, as well as the follow-up of the commitments of the European Union-African Union summit.

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