Morocco Shares Expertise at International Forum on Migration Statistics

Members of the International Organization for Migration at a meeting during the International Forum on Migration Statistics. Photo credit: @IOM_MENA/Twitter

Rabat – Moroccan officials landed in Cairo, Egypt on January 19 to participate in the second International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS). 

Officials and executives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, and the High Commission for Planning make up the delegation representing Morocco at the two-day meeting that ends today, January 20.

The International Organization for Migration, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs organized the event. 

IFMS is a global platform devoted to improving data on migration in all its dimensions. The forum aims to mobilize expertise from a wide range of disciplines to improve worldwide collection and analysis of migration data. 

The forum also offers policymakers the opportunity to engage with migration data experts and identify appropriate policy options and legislative measures. 

IFMS 2020 includes nearly 20 parallel sessions in addition to plenary sessions led by high-level experts and organized around six themes: Strengthening data for policy, data collection and innovation, cooperation and data governance, capacity development and financing, measuring progress, and improving the availability of data on vulnerable migrants.   

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly praised the immigration policy King Mohammed VI launched in 2013.

The policy includes a ministerial department devoted to migration affairs, a regularization program for undocumented individuals living in Morocco, refugee and asylum seeker cards, and the adoption of the 2014 National Strategy on Immigration and Asylum by the Council of Government. 

King Mohammed VI’s measures have extended residency card access to undocumented migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees in Morocco. 

The UNHCR considers Morocco’s consistent efforts to reform its immigration and asylum system to be a leading example in the Middle East and North Africa

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