Recently, Morocco has provided medical care and repatriation assistance to around 50 irregular migrants from Senegal.
Rabat – The government of Senegal has expressed its gratitude to Morocco for its recent cooperation in providing medical care and repatriating some 50 irregular Senegalese migrants.
Following a visit to Dakhla on Tuesday and Wednesday, Senegal's Minister in charge of Senegalese Abroad, Annette Seck, conveyed the gratitude of the Senegalese government to Morocco, as reported by the Moroccan Press Agency (MAP).
The visit was aimed at providing support to Senegalese migrants waiting to be repatriated, a statement from the Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained.
Morocco has long been considered a transit country for those seeking to reach Europe, and irregular migration is one of the most pressing issues in its cooperation with its African and European neighbors.
Recently, the country has also become a destination, not just a transit country, for many migrants from sub-Saharan African countries, especially those escaping volatile security conditions and wars.
The North African country's Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, recently reiterated Morocco's policy towards this issue, stating that the country takes a humanitarian approach towards migration.
"The Kingdom has provided concrete responses at the national, interregional, continental and multilateral levels despite various challenges," he said.
Around 50 Senegalese citizens were repatriated on Wednesday night on a special Senegalese Air Force flight after Morocco helped address the migrants' health needs, the same source added.
The flight landed at the Ouakam military airport on Wednesday, with the migrants on board in fragile health conditions.
The Senegalese government will present a strategy to combat irregular emigration on Thursday.