Moroccan Royal Navy Rescues 59 Potential Illegal Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa

Royal Navy and coastal surveillance units off the coast of Tarfaya rescued, on October 17, a makeshift boat, approximately 50 km from Akhfenir, with 58 sub-Saharan migrants on board, including 12 women and two minors.

According to military sources, the rescued people received the necessary first aid on board, before being safely transported to the port of Tarfaya, where they were turned over to the Royal Gendarmerie for the standard administrative procedures.

Earlier last week, on October 15, Royal Navy and coastal surveillance units rescued, on October 15 north-east of the Port of Tan-Tan, approximately 20 km from the coast, an inflatable boat with 59 sub-Saharan migrants on board, as part of a search and rescue mission.

It should be recalled that Morocco’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ambassador Omar Zniber, emphasized, on June 27, that Morocco contributes to building a more inclusive and equitable global community concerning migration thanks to the exchange of expertise and the development of practical solutions.

Intervening at the 32nd session of the Standing Committee on Programmes and Finance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Zniber stated that Morocco is a major supporter of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is coordinated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), noting that through its 23 objectives, the Compact guarantees the migrants’ dignity, respect, and integration.

The Moroccan ambassador also pointed out that Morocco has decided in February to contribute to the Multi-Partner Migration Fund (MPTF) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), adding that this initiative aims to convey a strong political message based on cooperation and successful multilateralism, in full alignment with the intent and content of the Marrakech Pact.

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