King Mohammed VI has announced that he wants to settle “definitively” the issue of unaccompanied Moroccan minors in an irregular situation in Europe. In a statement, the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs said that Morocco is firmly prepared to accept the return of duly identified unaccompanied minors.
The statement recalls that several cooperation strategies have been put in place in certain European countries, such as Spain and France, which have enabled several minors to return to Morocco. However, these strategies are displaying some delays mainly due to the complex administrative and judicial procedures in some countries, according to the same source.
It is worth noting that the announcement by the Moroccan king comes at a time when the migration crisis in Ceuta is still ongoing. At least 1,500 minors are among the 10,000 asylum seekers who entered Ceuta in mid-May. The Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, denounced the “blackmail” by Morocco.