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Host state agreement between Morocco and IOM

Host state agreement between Morocco and IOM
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is to open a branch in Morocco “to bring in an efficient contribution to the handling of migration issues” in the North African kingdom.

The agreement on the opening of the representation in Morocco, signed in Geneva on Tuesday, will further reinforce the cooperation links between Morocco and the IOM, said Omar Hilale, Moroccan ambassador to the UN in Geneva, who along with IOM Director General, Brunson McKinley signed the document.

Morocco, said Hilale, is striving to ensure human rights, including the rights of immigrants, through many initiatives such as the creation of a ministry and the Hassan II foundation, both in charge of Moroccan nationals living abroad, as well as the Mohammed V Solidarity Foundation.

He said the complexity of the migration phenomenon “prompted Morocco to adopt a strategy making of the fight of person trafficking a priority of government actions ».

Hilale said Morocco became member of the IOM in 1998 and signed with organisation several instruments, including two program conventions on the establishment of the observatory of the Moroccan community residing abroad and the center for the rights of migrants.

McKinley said the opening of the IOM branch in the Moroccan capital city will help efficiently contribute to the government’s efforts in migration fields.

IOM Director General said the organisation will receive financial and technical assistance to fund programs and projects to deal with migration issues in the Mediterranean.

In 1951, at the initiative of Belgium and the United States an International Migration Conference was convened in Brussels, resulting in the creation of the Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movements of Migrants from Europe (PICMME). PICMME soon becomes the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM).

ICEM’s Council changed, in 1980, the Organization’s name to the Intergovernmental Committee for Migration (ICM) in recognition of its increasing global role. In 1989, ICM becomes the International Organization for Migration (IOM) upon the amendment and ratification of the 1953 Constitution.