Morocco’s use of migrant children to exert political pressure on Spain is condemned by the European Union.
Following the arrival of 1,200 unaccompanied youngsters in Ceuta last month, European Union authorities accused Morocco of endangering the lives of migrant children in an attempt to exert political pressure on Spain.
The children were among the 8,000 migrants who attempted to cross into EU territory in order to seek refuge. The majority of the migrants have already been returned to Morocco.
The legislators stated that “Morocco’s use of border control and migration, particularly unaccompanied kids, as political pressure” on an EU country was unacceptable. They were outraged that children and families were “clearly endangering their lives and safety.”
The European Union has encouraged Spain and Morocco to cooperate in deporting children and families in accordance with national and international law.
See the following links for further Associated Press reporting:
After Spain agreed to give medical treatment for the Sahrawi leader leading the campaign for an independent Western Sahara, which was occupied by Morocco in the 1970s, the influx of migrants began. Rabat retaliated angrily, recalling its ambassador to Madrid.
Several migrants who made it back to Morocco, including many children, were transported back to Spain by the Spanish authorities in Ceuta, according to the Associated Press and other media. Those activities, according to human rights organizations, are illegal.
According to the resolution, Moroccan officials were complicit in the transfer of the youngsters. According to the report, “the majority of the students were misled into believing that star players were playing in a free-entry match in Ceuta and that they were on a school vacation.”
The parliament did not present any proof. The Associated Press was unable to independently verify this, and Moroccan authorities have consistently denied the claims.
The EU legislators also expressed sadness for the deterioration of relations with a close neighbor who has a long history of collaboration with the EU on trade, counter-terrorism, and drug trafficking.
Moroccan officials voiced fear in the days leading up to the resolution’s adoption that their bilateral dispute with Spain would take on a broader European dimension, and they asked MPs to temper their criticism.
The EU-Morocco Joint Parliamentary Committee’s leader, Chaoui Belassal, said last week that “Morocco is meeting its responsibilities” to the bloc, which brings considerable advancement. This is a condensed version of the information.