IOM and Moroccan Government Sign Partnership Agreement to Promote Migrants' Rights

Posted: 
03/16/06

The Minister in Charge of the Moroccan
Community Residing Abroad Mrs. Nouzha Chekrouni and IOM Director
General Brunson McKinley have signed a partnership agreement to
promote the work of the Migrants' Rights Resource Centre in
Rabat.

The Centre has set up a website ( "paragraph-link-underlined" href="http://www.cdcmaroc.org" target=
"_blank" title="">www.cdcmaroc.org) to provide up-to-date
information on a wide variety of migration issues to potential
migrants, seasonal migrant workers and to those more vulnerable
migrants who might fall prey to smuggling and trafficking
networks.

This project is part of a broader approach to
strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of the
Moroccan government, NGOs and research institutions to establish
effective training and information mechanisms to promote migrants'
rights.

Working with the Moroccan government, IOM
organized during the first phase of the project training sessions
and seminars on migrant rights issues for government officials,
journalists and NGOs and carried out an information campaign to
inform potential migrants of the pitfalls of irregular migration,
of the potential for regular migration and to inform them of their
rights.

The campaign included television and radio
spots in Arabic and French broadcast on main Moroccan networks (RTM
and 2M) and on Radio Méditerranée Internationale
(MEDI 1). Posters and leaflets with the campaign's slogan: " Only
Legal Migration Guarantees Your Rights" were distributed throughout
Morocco, especially in Casablanca, Tangiers and Tetouan.

IOM is also currently working with the
Moroccan authorities to set up a migration and development project
in Tetouan, a region with high migration dynamics. This project
aims to promote sustainable human development and contribute to
regional socio-economic prosperity through local vocational
training and job-creation activities.

Morocco takes an active role in the Western
Mediterranean Dialogue on Migration; also know as the 5+5 dialogue,
which discusses regional approaches in the field of migration
management.

Morocco joined IOM as a member state in
1998.

For further information, please call:

Redouane Saadi

Tel: +41 79 786 19 92

E-mail: "mailto:rsaadi@iom.int" target="_blank" title=
"">rsaadi@iom.int