UN Migration Representative Holds Meeting with Ministers in Rabat

Rabat – Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration,  met yesterday in Rabat with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs Abdelkrim Benatiq.At the meeting, the officials discussed national strategies of integration (including the education of children), contact with Moroccans living abroad, and the issue of mobility in the context of Morocco.“By being a country of departure, transit and arrival for migrants, Morocco is the type of country that permits examination of everything related to issues of migration,” stated Arbour. Arbour described the talk as “very enriching,” especially since it highlighted the international contribution of Morocco through its co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).The organization will host a conference at the end of June in Berlin, with the theme “Towards a Global Contract on Migration and Development”.Arbour’s visit to Morocco from May 29 until June 1 is her first trip abroad since her appointment to the post by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 9.