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The foundation of a cultural agency for Moroccans living abroad will promote the Kingdom's influence abroad (Mr. Abdellah Boussouf)

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

As part of the agreement between the CCME and Al Akhawayn University, the Ibn Khaldoun Centre for Immigration and Citizenship Studies organized in Ifrane, from 28 to 30 May 2021, a series of study days gathering experts and researchers on the theme "Migration dynamics in today's world: actual issues and perspectives of research".

 In his opening speech, the Secretary General of the CCME, Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, stressed the necessity of supporting scientific research in the social sciences in order to understand migration as a complex human issue that has experienced significant changes, requiring the support of the researchers.

During the session, moderated by the researcher Mustapha Al Mourabit, Mr. Boussouf outlined the mutations that Moroccan migration has experienced, which have made Morocco evolve rapidly from an emigration country to a country of transit to a country of installation, which is quite complex in several dimensions.

The Secretary General of CCME welcomed the contents of the recently published report on the New Development Model, especially the axis devoted to the effective and valuable contribution of the Moroccan community abroad as a lever for national development. The report considers the Moroccan diaspora to be a bridge of connection with the world thanks to the diversity of the countries in which it is settled, in addition to its direct support to the national economy through financial transfers and its contribution to the knowledge economy, since it constitutes a reservoir of expertise and skills in various fields.

In the same context, Mr. Boussouf welcomed the recommendation in the recent report which stated the importance of setting up a cultural agency for the Moroccans in the world for cultural openness and influence which it could provide for the image of Morocco in the world. Such an opening will make it easier for Morocco's culture to interact with other cultures abroad and to promote Moroccan culture abroad.

Mr. Boussouf also focused on the treatment of migration by Western countries, with double standards.

He underlined the progress made by Morocco, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, through the launching of the National Strategy for Immigration and Asylum and the regularization of the status of migrants.

For his part, sociologist and researcher El Hassan Krenfel stated it is essential to discard all inhibitions when considering the migration issue, whether they are self-induced or linked to the other, considering that migration is a cultural process which enables openness, exchanges and the acquiring of experiences.

Mr. Krenfel added that European countries deal with migration in a disguised way and not as a whole phenomenon, with its many ramifications and problems for which these countries are in part responsible, such as when we talk about city policies instead of pointing out the failed integration policies and the negative consequences this may have caused.

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