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The Governing Council, meeting on Thursday under the chairmanship of the head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, has adopted a draft decree on the establishment and organization of Moroccan cultural centers abroad.

PARIS – The economic crisis in Europe doubled the number of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian immigrants in France between 2009 and 2012, raising the percentage of European immigrants in France to 46 percent of the total, according to a report released Friday.

 “I’m going to make a Moroccan Shabbos dinner; you must join us,” said Asma Chaabi, visiting Miami from Rabat, Morocco.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas and 16 other states, including Wisconsin, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, arguing that he had violated his constitutional duty to enforce the laws and illegally placed new burdens on state budgets.

Rabat - The 10th edition of Aeromart, an international business convention of aeronautical and space industries, will see the participation of six Moroccan companies, LaVieEco reported.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:58

Arab Thought Forum Opens Conference In Morocco

The 13th Fikr conference of the Arab thought forum, held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI opened on Wednesday in Skhirate.

The King addressed a message to participants in this conference themed “Arab integration: the dream of unity and the reality of division”.

Noureddine Bellaoui, aka "MagicNoor" made his first appearance before the Moroccan public in 2012, invited by comedian Hassan El Fad in Marrakech laughter festival to present a magic trick in his "halqa".

ROME - (NewMediaWire) - December 1, 2014 - If countries of the Mediterranean want to stem the tide on forced migration and human suffering, they must put agricultural, food and rural development at the core of regional cooperation, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

MEPs acknowledged Lebanon's struggle with the enormous migration flows and voiced their concerns about the internal crisis there and growing extremism across the region, in a Foreign Affairs Committee debate with its Prime Minister Tammam Saeb Salam on Tuesday afternoon.

When net migration falls, David Cameron can take the credit: for making Britain poor, hostile and pessimistic.

Moroccan-born comedian Gad Elmaleh and Belgian singer Stromae are virtually unknown to the British public. But in London they play to sell-out crowds at top venues - one sign of how rising immigration is changing Britain's population and economy.

The immigration reform is sending Washington into frenzy after President Barack Obama's announcement last month that he would issue an executive order to prevent the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:48

Moroccan immigrants in France: Who are they?

A survey published Friday, November 28 by the INSEE (the French Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) profiles the newly Moroccan immigrants in France in four key figures.

The Swiss government avoided a new headache on Sunday when voters rejected a popular initiative to impose radical immigration curbs, but the result is unlikely to lend it any leverage in talks with the European Union related to migration.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:36

NZ immigration laws 'should match' Australia's

A campaigner in Australia is lobbying the Minister of Maori Development to change immigration laws in Aotearoa to match legislation across the Tasman, which prohibits certain rights for New Zealanders.

PHNOM PENH, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- The General Department of Immigration rounded up 1,168 foreigners from July to November for living illegally in the country, Xinhua news agency reports citing the National Police on Tuesday.

Fewer and fewer people choose the EU as a long-term residence, but Germany is the exception to this rule, according to an OECD finding, most likely due to the effects of the eurozone crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.

A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released on Monday 1 December 2014, reviews the intensification of movement within the European Union after several years of decline due to the crisis.

The National Medical Board of France (CNOM) has released a new study on migration flows and trajectories of physicians.

EU countries are cutting back on search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean, leaving the job up to fishermen like Kamel Ben Ramdan.

Beijing/ with Map – Morocco will launch an air route to China in a bid to encourage Chinese investment in Morocco, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, said Friday.

Friday, 28 November 2014 11:56

Study: Germany profits from immigration

A new study has shown that Germany's social system experiences a financial gain because of immigration while at the same time accruing losses due to a lack of integration.

The Research Laboratory in the Moroccan-Mediterranean Cultural Relations, organize in collaboration with the University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah Fes-and with the support of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), an international symposium on the theme "North African workers and national and political action during the two world Wars, scheduled on December,9 and 10 in Taza.

Tactikollectif in partnership with Pangaea Network and the Cabaret Sauvage, organize on December 6, an evening dedicated to the artistic heritage of immigration, and more particularly to the singers of immigration.

The Prime Minister sets out plans to overhaul the benefits system to reduce the number of migrants coming to the UK and announces an emergency fund to help communities with large foreign populations.

Amsterdam (Map)– Morocco topped the favorite travel destinations for Dutch tourists, according to a survey conducted by Dutch leading travel website, Riksja Travel.

Paris(Map) – The UNESCO nominated on Thursday 'Argan, Practices and Know-how Concerning the Argan Tree' for possible inscription in the 2014 Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Judges, lawyers, academics and activists from Morocco and Denmark will convene on the upcoming 4th and 5th December in Copenhagen, for a fresh perspective on the issue of gender with a particular focus on ways to increase access to Moroccan female immigrants to justice.

The Swiss will once again head to the polls this weekend to decide whether to dramatically slash immigration numbers, this time in the name of saving the environment in a proposal opponents have labelled xenophobic.

A man who has spent two months in a Tucson church to avoid deportation is not getting any help from the president's new executive action on immigration, even though his attorneys say he's eligible.

Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:38

Britain Reports Big Increase in Immigration

Britain has reported a big increase in immigration last year despite government efforts to control the numbers of arrivals.

The European Union should deal with migration by focusing on the roots of this issue and through the adoption of cross-border policies, said Hassan Belarbi Haftaloui, co-director of the University of Almeria and member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.

Morocco's Consulate-General in Paris is organizing a series of guided tours of the exhibition-event "Contemporary Morocco" at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in favor of Moroccan students as well as French students residing in the Paris region, in order to get a taste of the richness and diversity of contemporary art in Morocco.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:08

72 Thousand Moroccans Hold Canadian Citizenship

Rabat - Canada’s Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, Christian Paradis revealed on Tuesday in Rabat that the Moroccan community in Canada is the second largest African community in Canada.

At many times in Europe’s turbulent history religious leaders have turned a blind eye to violence and discrimination. At other times faith itself has set the battleground. This awareness heightened both the strangeness and the poignancy of the Nov. 25 speech by Pope Francis to members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The Arab World Institute (IMA) organized in partnership with the community center of Paris, this Sunday, November 23, 2014 in the French capital, a meeting under the theme "Morocco Judaism: plural readings of a history" .

Rabat (Map)- Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo, 83, will receive the Cervantes prize, the most important prize of literature in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Moroccan Association for Studies and Research on Migration (AMERM), in partnership with the Rabat-Agdal Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social sciences will organize on Novembe,28-29, 2014 an international symposium on "Migration and family code: what assessment after 10 years of legal practice?

Rabat(Map) – King Mohammed VI will pay, as of November 27, an official visit to the People’s Republic of China, at the invitation of president Xi Jinping, the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced on Monday.

Rabat (Map)- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won arrived this Monday to Rabat on a three-day official visit to Morocco.

The new migration policy of Morocco and its active cooperation with the European Union, including France and Spain, in terms of the fight against illegal migration, are the main areas addressed by the Ambassador of Morocco in Austria Ali El Mhamedi, at a recent meeting held at the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).

Anis Birou, Minister for Moroccans living abroad, presented on Friday, 11 medals and a diploma of recognition to 11 Molenbeek originally from Morocco, who arrived in the 60's, as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moroccan immigration.

The Association of Moroccans Professionals in America(AMPA) a platform with hundreds of Moroccan established in the country reiterated its willingness to contribute to the economic development of the Kingdom and the promotion of bilateral relations.

Monday, 24 November 2014 13:01

Text of President Obama's immigration speech

My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.

The European Union launched in 2015 a program of support for the new immigration policy in Morocco endowed with 10 million Euros, as stated, on Friday November 21, 2014, the spokesman for the European Commission.

Barack Obama is ordering far-reaching changes to the US immigration system that will protect nearly five million people from deportation, and will have implications for undocumented Irish migrants.

The new plan tests the limits of his presidential powers and inviting a showdown with newly-emboldened Republicans.

Moroccans are still at the forefront of EU workers affiliated to the social security in Spain, according to official figures published Thursday in Madrid.

NIGEL Farage has been forced into damage-limitation after Ukip's Rochester and Strood by-election candidate Mark Reckless suggested EU migrants settled in the UK could be forced to leave if Britain quit the 28-member bloc.

Friday, 21 November 2014 13:33

Kenya Set for Digital Migration in December

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has set a December deadline for switching off analogue broadcast signals within Nairobi, 45 days before a three-month negotiation window period ordered by the Supreme Court expires.

The Moroccan Ambassador to the United States, Rachad Bouhlal, has been named 'Arab Ambassador of the Year' by the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

The government is in the process of preparing an ambitious cultural strategy to strengthen the cultural offer for the Moroccans living abroad said Wednesday night in Paris, the Minister of Moroccans residing abroad and migration affairs, Anis Birou.

A recent report on centers of detention revealed that the number of illegal immigrants detained throughout the French territory amounts to more than 45 thousand people.

Washington (AP): President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and unveil administrative actions on immigration, measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

In the margins of the 5th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, taking place from 19th to 21st November 2014, in Marrakech, panel discussions were dedicated to women as various discussions and exchanges on topics related to “women’s entrepreneurship in Morocco, Africa and the world” took place.

Vice President Joe Biden arrived Wednesday in Marrakech to take part in the fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) (Nov. 19-21).

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:16

Most Voters Still Veto Obama's Immigration Plan

President Obama is reportedly about to announce that up to five million illegal immigrants will no longer be subject to deportation, but most voters oppose his plan. The majority, in fact, continue to believe the federal government already isn't doing enough to send illegal immigrants back home.

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama is poised to give relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants who are parents of US citizens or of permanent legal residents, according to a source familiar with White House deliberations.

Marrakech- Moroccan tourists are traveling to Israel at a remarkable rate, with over 2239 visiting this year.

Brussels( Map) - 59,300 Moroccans acquired citizenship of EU Member States, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Moroccan Days in Bulgaria will be organized from 17 to 30 November 2014 to honor the various facets of culture and heritage of Morocco.

Monday, 17 November 2014 12:22

Canada immigration: Soon open for parents

Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Canadian residency and perhaps, citizenship under the Parent and Grandparent Programme (PGP) (Shutterstock).

To celebrate Independence Day, The Embassy of Morocco in Mexico organized an exhibition of Moroccan painter Aziza Alaoui taking place from November 15 to December 15, 2014 in Mexico City.

In an act of religious tolerance, the Washington National Cathedral hosted on November 14, the first ever Friday Muslim prayer service.

CHIOS, Greece—Amer Khalif, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, swam frantically toward the Greek coast-guard boat, screaming "Help, help!" Two friends panted behind him, clinging to their inner tubes and splashing in the clear Aegean water on a warm September morning.

Pope Francis has started his long expected move to revamp the administration governing the Roman Catholic Church, making two crucial appointments in the Roman Curia in which he appointed, among others, French Moroccan Dominique Mamberti to lead the Church's highest court, the Apostolic Signatura.

New York- In the world population, there are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims, making Islam the second largest religion. As Dr. Omid Safi states in his book "Memories of Muhammad", "whether some of us think of ourselves as Americans first or citizens of one shared planet first, it is simply part of being an educated citizen to have accurate knowledge of the faith of Islam."

Rabat- The 7th edition of the MEDays Forum, held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI (November 12-15), opened Wednesday night in Tangier, in the presence of eminent political and economic figures and decision-makers from all over the globe.

In August, the Magazine reported on a couple who spent millions of euros to save migrants in danger of drowning at sea. Their 60-day mission has now ended - so what did they achieve, asks Alison Gee?

"We helped to save around 3,000 men, women and children who would have otherwise been likely to perish," says Christopher Catrambone who - as we reported earlier - set up the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) with his wife, Regina, and daughter, Maria Luisa.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:31

50 years of Moroccan Immigration in Belgium

A Moroccan Cultural Week will be held from 22 to 28 November 2014 in Brussels as part of the celebration of 50 years of Moroccan immigration in Belgium.

With the support of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the first edition of Visa For Music (VFM), music from Africa and the Middle East, will be held in Rabat from 12 to 15 November 2014 .

"They are not refugees, they are all illegal immigrants" is the phrase most often pronounced as a kind of mantra by several anti-immigration politicians, mostly by the Lega and in general by critics of migration as we talk about disembarking.

Moroccan Olympic champion and world track star Hicham El Guerrouj has been designated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), to be integrated into the IAAF Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:44

US New Embassy Compound Opens in Rabat

Rabat (with Map) – The US Embassy in Rabat moved Monday to its new location on Mohammed VI Avenue in Souissi, Rabat which will host the office of the US Agency for International Development for Morocco (USAID-Morocco).

Rabat- Jean-Pierre Legrand, leader of the National Front in Roubaix, France, has proposed to “entrust the keys of a disused church to Muslims” who suddenly find themselves without a mosque.

Moroccan Sophia Leaguedi was awarded by the British magazine '' The Daily Herald Business Ledger's '' on the occasion of the 17th '' Influential Women in Business awards program ''in Chicago which recognizes the most influential businesswomen of the year.

After denouncing the far-right group to which he says he once belonged, UK Twitter user Matthew Lester gained attention on Sunday when he visited a local mosque to apologise to Muslim community members.

Rabat(Map) - The Moroccan Expatriates Council (CCME) decided "regretfully" to freeze its partnership with the "Tropenmuseum" until further notice, sources from CCME said.

San José (Costa Rica) Map– The President of the Republic of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis received last Friday at the presidential palace in San José a Moroccan parliamentary delegation which is taking part in the work of the human rights commission of the Forum of Presiding Officers of Legislative Assemblies of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL).

Brussels (Map)-The Council of Moroccan Ulema for Europe strongly condemned the "criminal fire attack" on the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg, calling it "a despicable act contrary to the values of tolerance and coexistance."

The University of Rome LUISS Guido Carli, in partnership with the Italian University John Cabot organized from 3 to 5 November 2014 in Rome, an international conference on "Imams in Western Europe."

Following the failed arson attempt, Strasbourg Mosque hosted the morning of Sunday, November 9, Religious concerts scheduled as part of the 3rd edition of "Sacred Days of Strasbourg."

The 11th edition of the festival “Cinema and migrations” will take place from 11 to 15 November in Agadir, says the Association: Cultural Initiative, initiator of this event under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

Forget the euro crisis, Europe is endangered by its anti-immigrant fervor.

MELILLA,—For nearly a decade, Spain has counted on tall border fences to discourage migrants from crossing illegally from Morocco into two small Spanish enclaves on Africa's Mediterranean coast.

Rabat - Africa has made history. During the closing session of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, held in Baku, Azerbaijan that was held on October 28–30, the birth of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts (AfriNYPE) was announced, the goal of which is to advance the cause of youth policies in the region.

New York ( Map)– The Moroccan judge Mohamed Bennouna was re-elected on November 6 in New York to a nine-year term on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) starting on 6 February 2015, after simultaneous rounds of voting in the UN General Assembly and Security Council.

The Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (OMDH) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation organized this Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Tangier, a national conference on issues related to immigration in Morocco.

Moroccan jurist Mohamed Ayat was appointed, on Thursday in Geneva, as UN independent expert on human rights in Ivory Coast.

Moroccan American Nadine Hanafi was honored last week at the United Nations headquarters in New York for being one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the United States.

Canada's government is considering legislation to curb immigration rights for polygamists.

At a press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner warned President Obama not to act alone on immigration.

According to the 2014 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, Casablanca is the 5th most popular destination city in Africa with a total number of international visitors that amounts to 989,219 and a visitor spend of $737 million(US$).

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, visited Morocco for a three-day official visit. He met King Mohamed VI on Tuesday and held separate meetings with Prime Minister Benkirane and President of the Chamber of Representatives Alami on Monday.

Rabat  -   King Mohammed VI delivered, on Thursday, a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Glorious Green March.

The decision of the Dutch government about a possible repeal of social security treaty between Morocco and the Netherlands continues to fuel the Dutch political debate.

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