GFMD Marrakech: the pact -subject to signature- does not meet the migrants’ needs
On the light of Marrakech Forum for migration and development in Africa, “Article19.ma” has conducted an interview with Migration Researcher, Abdelkrim Belguendouz, in order to introduce the public to the Forum’s goals and objectives.
Marrakech is honored to host the GFMD2018, Belguendouz said, adding that such Forum represents a continuity to the 2013 policy, upon which more than 50.000 regulations have been signed in collaboration with African countries, in accordance with Mohammed VI’s African Agenda for Migration.
This agenda touches all African countries, including Morocco; however, migration Institutions shall review their politics in order to ensure better migration management, namely the Moroccan Community Council Abroad and Hassan 2 Foundation; Belguendouz stated.
This Forum also represents an opportunity for Morocco to rise up at the legislative level in terms of migrants’ residency policies; therefore, Morocco is called to integrate new laws and regulations in order to ensure that migrants are well covered at all levels, he stressed, pointing that more efforts are to be made in this regard.
Belguendouz also stated that the Inter-Ministerial Commission chaired by Morocco’s PM is required to respond to migrants’ needs in order to fulfill their demands.
“The pact –subject to signature- is surely a positive step forward that is likely to improve migrants’ lives; however, the pact’s general tendency leans towards ensuring that host-countries are in a safe spot, regardless of the current facts”, Benlguendouz pointed, explaining that if western countries are really seeking a globally recognized instrument to deal with migration, they are called to agree to the regulations stipulated in the international convention on migrants protection.
“Agreeing to the pact in its current form is unlikely to meet the migrants’ necessities; therefore, an improvement shall be applied within the same pact in order to be able to grant migrants their fundamental rights”, he stated.
The current pact is neither restrictive, nor protective of migrants, since it keeps the door open for host countries to issue laws and regulations that only serve them, he added.