Government Commits to Protecting Rights of Moroccans Living Abroad

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani announced on Monday, June 24, that his cabinet is “exerting special efforts” to improve the conditions of Moroccan diaspora through a range of programs and strategies.Speaking at the House of Representatives, El Othmani said that the program aims to “strengthen”  the community’s national identity and to protect their rights and interests.According to El Othmani, the strategies, also aim to solidify ties of connection between Moroccans living abroad (MREs) and their motherland, especially the younger generation. El Othmani said that the first pillar the government is working to promote is the “educational aspect,” which aims to strengthen the national identity of Moroccans across the worldEducation is “the safety valve to preserve national identity with its cultural and linguistic dimensions,” he said.The Head of Government emphasized the importance of the Arabic language in both formal and non-formal education, adding that the government has put in place programs for 75,000 Moroccans living abroad.He said that the government has hired 529 teachers for this program.The government programs also include support provided to economically disadvantaged families in African countries, supporting 900,000 students through a program of vocational training.Read also: Moroccans Living in the Gulf Sent MAD 11.6 Billion Home Last YearThe head of government also cited the 2019 Marhaba initiative, to facilitate the annual transit of Moroccans living abroad, as part of the government’s program to ensure the rights of MREs.Earlier this month, Spanish  Minister of Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that the operation  is the “largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important in the world.”He also described the operation as an “example of good coordination between different public administrations and between neighboring countries.”The number of Moroccans residing abroad is estimated at five million.