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Audrey Azoulay, 43, was appointed minister of culture and communication, February 11, 2016, following the cabinet reshuffle in France. Councilor of François Hollande in charge of Culture and Communication, Audrey Azoulay is the daughter of Mr. André Azoulay, HM the King adviser.

The Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Chad signed on Tuesday 9th February 2016, in Rabat, an Islamic cooperation agreement and a memorandum on the training of 200 Chadian imams in Morocco.

Nearly 23,000 new companies were created in the Netherlands in 2014 by foreign entrepreneurs, mostly of dual national Moroccans and Turks, said Friday 5 february 2016, the Dutch central bureau of Statistics (CBS).

President Barack Obama visited,  on Wednesday 3 february 2016, the U.S mosque of Baltimore in a context of growing Islamophobia. It is the first visit to a mosque of the american president, since his endorsment 7 years ago. 

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the European Council of Moroccan Ulemas and the German Goethe Institute, have signed on 15 January 2016, in the Belgian capital, Brussels, an agreement for the training of imams Germany on German language.

Mrs. Zoulikha Nasri, 70, native of Oujda, died on Wednesday in Rabat following a stroke. Mrs Zoulikha Nasri, became on March 29th, 2000 the first and only woman ever appointed to the post of Advisor of His Majesty  King Mohammed VI. Appointed head of the Mohammed VI Foundation in 1999, Mrs. Zoulikha Nasri's name will forever be linked to the Marhaba operation which was an unprecedented event for Moroccans living abroad who spend their holidays in their home country.
More than 2 million moroccans of the world took advantage of this unprecedented operation in the history of the Kingdom: social workers, doctors, and many volunteers were placed in resting points or at border crossings.

The second consultative meeting organized by the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) was dedicated on December 13, 2015, to "Academic research on Moroccan Islam and the Moroccan community in Europe."

A delegation of american-moroccan origin was received by M.Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) Monday, December 14, 2015, at the Council, in Rabat.

The conference of the consultative meeting on the Moroccan community and religious issues in Europe has opened Saturday, December 12, 2015 in Rabat. Organized by the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the event was marked by the  speech ofM.Abdellah Boussouf, the Secretary General of the Council.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf , Secretary General of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME),  said in a recent interview with the moroccan daily paper « Akhbar El Youm » that the biggest challenge facing female Moroccan migrants in Gulf countries is stereotyping propagandized and propagated by the media, which overlook the women talents in these countries, who are ambassadors and role models in the countries of residence.

The first round of the regional elections, which took place in France on Sunday December 6th 2015, has set the National Front party, led by Marine le Pen, ahead of the traditional republican parties.

Migration is at the heart of interest for the key competing parties in the Spanish parliamentary elections, scheduled on 20 December 2015. The Spanish parties dedicated a considerable part to present their proposals, during the official launch of the election campaign.

Under the High Patronage of H.M. King Mohammed VI and H.H. Cheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirate's (UAE) capital, hosts from 4 to 11 December, 2015, the exhibition “Moroccan Heritage Week”. It is held at the National Exhibition Center and “Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club”.

Mrs Anne Brasseur, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said recently at the opening of the meeting of the Committee of the PACE, in Sofia (Bulgaria) that "Migration is not a threat to our democracies"because the real threats "are intolerance and hatred".

Le Figaro Published some sociodemographic studies by several French researchers, in which they forecasted 10 years ago what France is facing.

On Thursday, a Moroccan immigrant was on the brink of death due to a hate crime in Pittsburgh, Hazelwood.

A research team in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, led by the Moroccan inventor Rachid Yazami, made an invention of a smart chip that can cut recharging time to ten minutes or less.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), met, on Friday November 27, 2015, at the Council in Rabat, a group of historians and researchers whose work is dedicated to highlighting the characteristics of Moroccan identity via trajectories of personalities that have marked the history of the Kingdom.

Friday, 27 November 2015 18:44

Press Review

Independent : “Paris attacks: Women targeted as hate crime against British Muslims soars following terrorist atrocity”

According to statistics, there is a 300% increase in acts against Muslims in Britain after the recent Paris Attacks

The Independent says that with the increase of hate crimes against British Muslims, following the Paris Attacks, the victims were mostly Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45. As per a report to the Government’s working group on anti-Muslim hatred, 115 cases of Islamophobia assaults were hitherto recorded in Britain alone since the Paris attacks. The perpetrators are mainly white males between the ages 15-35. 

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Guardian: “Sweden slams shut its open-door policy towards refugees”

Sweden reverses sharply its open-door policy towards asylum-seekers to the EU-minimum. Prime minister says: 

“It pains me that Sweden is no longer capable of receiving asylum seekers at the high level we do today. We simply cannot do any more.” Most refugees would receive only temporary residence permits from April and there would be severe restriction on the right to bring families to Sweden, the Prime Minister adds.

This U-turn in refugee policy, following the imposition of border controls two weeks ago, is a policy choice the ruling red-green coalition used to see unthinkable until asylum seekers began arriving this autumn at a rate of 10,000 a week. Based on official estimates, up to 190,000 could come to Sweden this year. 

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Guardian: “One in five Muslims do what? How to create your own dodgy data”

The guardian criticizes a controversial and provocative front page by the Sun headlined: “1 in a 5 Brit Muslims Sympathy for jihadis”. 

The author stresses that this is one among a litany of worrying claims and reports based on completely unreliable figures and polls; “there are about three million Muslims in the UK, and 600,000 of them support violent terrorists? A terrifying thought, in the wake of the recent Paris attacks”.

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In his turn, Mr. Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, points out “A survey on British Muslim sympathies doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, yet it has been aggressively reported by the Sun just when hate crimes are soaring”. The author, referred to this as systematic scaremongering which will pour oil on the fire of tensions across the country.

Mr. Versi cites Dr. Maria Soblewska, who is a senior lecturer in quantitative methods at the University of Manchester, as saying that, based on an in-depth study of 14 polls of British Muslim opinion in the 18 months after the 2005 bombings in London, “public opinion polls have no value for estimating the number of prospective and likely extremists and terrorists,” and that it is “truly scary to think that our counterterrorism policy may rely on these polls”.

 

Washington Post: “A harvest of anti-Muslim hatred”

In its opening, the Washington Post talks about the hate crimes against Muslims in the US. 

The newspaper describes a meeting in a mosque to discuss an enlargement plan: “a representative of the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, which seeks to build a larger facility than the one it has inhabited peaceably for 15 years, was talking the lingo of planning and permitting. The protesters who kept interrupting him spoke a different tongue: the language of hatred.” 

It adds that one of the protesters pointed his finger at Samer Shalaby, who is a Muslim trustee of the center, and said: “Nobody, nobody, nobody wants your evil cult in this county. I will do everything in my power to make sure that that doesn’t happen, because you are terrorists. Every one of you are terrorists. . . Every Muslim is a terrorist.” In astonishment, Mr. Shalaby replied mildly, “How did you come up with that?”.

The editorial board adduces that “bigotry has a long history in the United States”, and that it not really surprising that “it showed its snarling face in Fredericksburg last week”, just four days after the Paris attacks. In the same vein, it criticizes the “toxic rhetoric of presidential candidates and governors, who vilified Muslims since that terrorist attack”.

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Washington Post (Column): Attacks on American Muslims are growing uglier by the day. It must stop.

In turn, Washington Post’s columnist Petula Dvorak criticized the demagogy vented by some presidential candidates: “Political opportunists running for president have been cooking up a heaping platter of anti-Muslim sentiment since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. 

They’ve geared us up for an epic Hategiving with their ugly proposals to shut down mosques, register American Muslims and reject Syrian refugees who aren’t Christians.” She commented on a proposal to register Muslims in the US: “The tone is actually worse than it was after the Sept. 11 attacks on our own soil. Registration by religion? Sounds like Nazi Germany, not a country with a First Amendment that enshrines freedom of religion.”

“Why are we degenerating so quickly and so far from our country’s founding values? Because it’s an election year. And political leaders — egged on by the grandstanding and lies of Donald Trump — are peddling fear like it’s a miracle drug.” The author notes.

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Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), granted an interview to the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais on November 18th, 2015.

We received with deep sorrow the news of the death of Mr. Mohamed Hamed Ali, following a long disease on November 17th, 2015. The former president of the Spanish Federation for Islamic Religious Entities (FEERI), was one of the most ardent and fervent defenders of Muslims in Spain and Europe.

In these mournful circumstances, Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, S.G. of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) extends his condolences, on behalf of all the members of the Council, to his kith and kin.

Born in Ceuta, late Mohamed Hamed Ali, in addition to being one of the staunchest advocates of Muslims in Spain, he held the question of the Moroccan national sovereignty in Spain heart and soul.

We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), granted an interview to the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais on November 18th, 2015.

A Moroccan-Spanish Forum on Immigration and Integration ail is held in Madrid from November 19th to 20th, at the initiative of the Ministry of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs and the Spanish Secretariat General for Migration.

Mr. Abdallah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) met, on Tuesday November 17th, 2015, Ms. Marina Del Corral Téllez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Immigration and Emigration.

On Friday night 13th November 2015, an act of terrorism hit Paris in various sites, leaving over one hundred and twenty-nine deaths and over four hundred injuries of innocent civilians.

Following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, King Mohammed VI sent his condolences to the French president François Hollande, according to a statement by the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery.

The Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) sponsors the 12th edition of the International Festival “Cinema and Migrations”, held by the association “Cultural Inititative” in Agadir, from 10th to 14th November, 2015.

On Wednesday, October 11th, 2015, Mr. Abdallah Boussouf will chair a conference in the Chamber of Commerce and Services in Agadir, about the transfer of the Moroccan model in the management of the religious field: trainings will be provided for French Imams in Morocco

The Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) in partnership with the Souss-Massa, opened, Saturday, November the 6th 2015,  the cultural activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Green March which will be held until the 8th November in Agadir.

Here follows the full text of the Royal speech:

Moroccans of the world participate in the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Green March through a series of activities held by the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), in partnership with the Prefecture of Souss Massa Draa between the 5th and 8th November, 2015 in Agadir.

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Green March, a group of young Moroccans of the world is preparing a painting, which will be offered to Agadir city on Friday 6th of November 2015. 

At the initiative of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the working group "Administration, users' rights and public policies" and the working group "Citizenship and Political Participation" organized on  October 23rd, 2015, a colloquium of exchange and thought with the members of the Moroccan Community in the United States, in Greater Washington, under the theme : « The implementation of the 2011 Constitution, four years after its adoption ».

Monday, 02 November 2015 09:51

Report: 70% of Moroccans Abroad are under 45

The number of Moroccan migrants between 2010 and 2015 reached 5470, which is a low figure compared to the period of 2000-2005, according to the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs.

The African Group unanimously designated On Thursday 29th October, 2015, Morocco to represent Africa in the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as of November 2015.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Living Abroad (CCME)  held its first symposium in the US, on October 23th 2015, in the outskirts of Washington DC. The event was meant to engage the community in the very pressing topic of the Moroccan Constitution and the implementation of the 5 articles related to the Moroccans Living Abroad as highlighted by his Majesty King Mohammed VI.

According to the latest World Bank's report, the weakness of economic growth in Europe, especially in Russia, will lead to the decrease of expatriates' remittances in 2015.

Sweden decides to toughen its immigration legislation after the publication of the Swedish Immigration Board that forecasts  on an arrival of 190,000 of refugees in 2015.

With the humanitarian crisis in Syria,  the estimations of the daily arrival of asylum seekers in Sweden are of nearly 4,000 people.

The Dutch National Office for Statistics announced recently that one out of four Dutch people holders of dual nationality are originally from Morocco

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on October 27th, 2015, that over 700 thousand migrants and refugees reached Europe across the Mediterranean this year, whereas 3210 among them died or were lost.

The workshop organized by the « Administration, users' rights and public policy" (ADUPP) of the Moroccan Council for the Moroccan community abroad (CCME) started this Friday 23th october in Washington DC. The meeting  on “the Moroccan constitution in action within the Moroccan community abroad: a review from July 2011 to july 2015” began with Mrs Nadia Serhani’s speech, the CCME member in the United States.

Italy has finally adopted the law on citizenship after years of harsh political debates between the right and the left wing.

An important step for the Moroccan community in Italy  because this law will make the integration of moroccans in the  Italian society mush easier. In the following interview, Mr. Khalid Chaouki, Italian MP of Moroccan origin and coordinator of the group "immigration" in the Italian Parliament, explains the impact of the adoption of this law on the Moroccan community in Italy.

Some 96,273 Moroccans have benefited from new residence permits in the European Union (EU) in 2014 says a recent EU report published by Eurostat on permit residences for the EU.

The working group « Administration, users' rights and public policy" (ADUPP),  of the Council for the Moroccan community abroad (CCME) organizes a meeting on “the Moroccan constitution in action within the Moroccan community abroad: a review from July 2011 to july 2015” on the 23th october 2015 in Washington DC. This meeting is organized in partnership with the American Moroccan Legal Empowerment Network (AMLEN) and the Alliance for Rule of Law Promotion & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ARPA). 

The Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) supports the exhibition "ZieZo Marokko" (Discover Morocco as it is) held since the 18th october at the famous Tropenmuseum Amstedam. This exhibition highlights the Kingdom’s cultures and its citizens.

A workshop on Moroccan media and the treatment of the migration issue was held on October 16th and 17th, 2015 in Rabat, by the Council for Moroccans abroad (CCME) and the High Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC).

The Council for Moroccans Abroad (CCME) and the High Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) signed on Friday October 16th, a partnership and cooperation agreement to develop scientific research on migration, include topics about Moroccan migration in the training curricula of journalists, and create a Master’s degree on migration at the Institute.

The Moroccan “Goumiers,” the soldiers attached to the French Army of Africa will get their monument in the Place Denys Cochin, in Paris, 70 years after the end of world war II.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 11:22

Expo : « Essential Morocco » in Malaga

The spanish photographer Francisco Gonzalez San Agustin is exposing photographies of Morocco in the spanish city of Malaga since early October 2015.

The council for moroccans abroad (CCME) organized , from the 1st to 7th october 2015, a cultural visit to morocco for a dutch group from turkish descent.

The Moroccan and  Dutch governement reached an agreement on the the 30th october 2015, on cutting widows’ and orphans’ benefits paid to relatives living in Morocco.

The Council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME) recieved the 30th September 2015 in Rabat, a French delegation from the city of Strasbourg. The two parties discussed essentially about interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue.

The Council of the Moroccan community abroad (CCME), has organized a meeting the 28th  September 2015  at the Council in Rabat.

The Council of the Moroccan Community abroad organizes a meeting in Palma de Mallorca the 11th and 12th of september 2015. The goal of the CCME’s working group « Administration and public Policy » is to examine the results of a study on the moroccan community in the Balearic Islands. 

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) has received, Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Council headquarters in Rabat, Mr. Pere Navarro Olivella, advisor in employment and social security to the Spanish Embassy in Morocco.

Berlin has proposed a quota system, thousands of Germans have volunteered to help refugees, and press coverage has been more balanced – but there have also been more violent incidents in Germany.

Pressure comes from senior UN official and rising number of Tory MPs after pictures of drowned Syrian boy published.

Hundreds of migrants protested in front of Budapest's Keleti Railway Terminus for a second straight day on Wednesday, shouting "Freedom, freedom!" and demanding to be let onto trains bound for Germany from a station that has been closed to them.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) and Mr. Mehdi Qotbi, President of the National Museums Foundation (FNM), signed Thursday, September 3, 2015 in Rabat, a convention framework for the promotion of Moroccan culture internationally and especially towards Moroccans of the world.

As the world reacts to the image of the dead three-year-old, police leave the main station in Hungary's capital where refugees are sleeping outside.

While the Ministry of Social Affairs is preparing to launch a new campaign against discrimination, a new study shows discrimination in the employment of minorities is evident, particularly among young people of Moroccan immigration.

After many speculations, the Elysee has announced Wednesday the appointment of Myriam El Khomri at the head of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Vocational Training.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) and the National Foundation of Museums (FNM) will sign on Thursday, September 3, 2015, a framework agreement on partnership and cooperation.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) organizes this Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Council headquarters, a roundtable on "Social Protection of Moroccan immigrants: the case of France and Spain."

Morocco and the Netherlands have failed to reach an agreement on the social security agreement between the two countries as reported the Dutch media.

More than 10,000 Icelanders have spontaneously offered to host Syrian refugees in their homes after the announcement by their government that the political asylums quota would be limited to 50 this year.

EU interior and justice ministers are to meet in a fortnight in an effort to find concrete measures to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

Angela Merkel says Europe must show solidarity on its refugee policies.

Austria has denied that it is in violation of the European Union’s open-border policy, after it tightened up controls in the face of the growing migration crisis.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moonon Friday urged the global community to develop comprehensive solutions to allow for safe and legal migration after 70 bodies, believed to be Syrian asylum seekers, were discovered in a truck near the Austria-Hungary border.

ON AUGUST 28th Austrian police said they had found 71 dead migrants in a refrigerated lorry. The bodies of 59 men, eight women and four children were discovered just inside Austria’s border with Hungary. The vehicle appears to have been abandoned on August 26th, but the decomposition of the bodies indicates that the migrants may have suffocated or died of thirst earlier than that. Torn lining inside the lorry’s interior suggests that some had battled, fruitlessly, to escape.

As Europe grapples with its biggest wave of migration since World War Two, the Netherlands is about to toughen its asylum policy by cutting off food and shelter for people who fail to qualify as refugees.

This is a first in Belgium: an Islamic high school will open its doors in Schaerbeek, Brussels region.

Zineb Mouline is an assistant professor of organic chemistry at Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan. The young Moroccan prodigy is part of the select coterie of scientists controlling the separation of greenhouse gases.

In an interview with the French daily Le Figaro, the new president of the French Muslim Council (CFCM), Annouar Kbibech called on Muslims in France to be more open to non-Muslims and to more pedagogy to fight against Islamophobia.

Amal Bennaim was born in London to parents from Casablanca. She currently resides in Antananarivo in Madagascar. She studied in London, first at the French Lycée Charles de Gaulle, then at King's College London where she obtained in 2002 a degree in Science "Nutrition and Dietetics".

The city of Paris paid tribute to late King Mohammed V by installing a plaque with the words "Companion of liberation" at the Mohammed V square in Paris, to mark the 71th anniversary of the liberation of Paris and the 70th anniversary of the delivery of the Order of the Liberation by General de Gaulle to late King Mohammed V, June 19, 1945.

Less than three weeks until its due date, the transit operation will go through the critical point of its return phase. Professionals expect a significant peak at the end of this week and hope the MRE leave in order.

A broad movement is rumored to soon affect the position of police officers in different Moroccan diplomatic representations abroad, according to sources in the Interior Ministry.

French President Francois Hollande has thanked three American men hailed as heroes for overpowering a heavily-armed gunman on a train in northern France.

The suspect in the train attack in France on Friday has been identified as 25-year-old Moroccan man Ayoub El-Khazzani.

Monday, 24 August 2015 21:24

No new EU summit on immigration

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker dismissed calls for a new EU summit on immigration, saying member states should stop dragging their heels and implement existing agreements on the matter.

In response to the rapidly growing numbers of refugees and asylum seekers flooding European shores, France and the UK have announced new measures to crack down on English Channel crossings.

Macedonian police have allowed hundreds of refugees to pass through their border from Greece after police fired stun grenades for a second day in a failed bid to stop them from breaking through.

Inspired by Pope Francis' prayerful pleading for immigrant families, 100 women are preparing to march 100 miles - from Pennsylvania to the U.S. Capitol - to highlight their call for "commonsense" immigration reform.

The Ministry in charge reassures Moroccans residing in Spain that its relevant departments will continue to review their files, with faster processing and resolve any problems they encounter.

Karim Adduchi decided to honor in his newest collection the Amazigh cultural heritage. This designer, who grew up in Barcelona and studied fashion in Amsterdam, claims his Berber origins are what inspire him to transform traditional Berber carpets and materials into clothing.

The Moroccan Meriem Khouy won last weekend in Pennsylvania the People's Choice award at the election of Miss Arab US 2015. Chosen from 18 candidates in the running, the Moroccan was crowned after winning the public vote.

Buenos Aires - Argentinian TV channel TVP has recently aired a program "special Morocco", dedicated to the civilizational richness of the Kingdom, its cultural diversity, exceptional monuments and natural beauty.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 13:54

A Moroccan fix to Europe's migrant crisis

Once harshly criticized for its mistreatment of African migrants, Morocco has changed its view and now lays down a well-regulated welcome mat. If Europe did more of the same, fewer migrants would risk dangerous sea journeys with smugglers.

UK and French ministers will meet in Calais on Thursday to agree a new deal to tackle the migrant crisis there.

As Sweden continues to enjoy near unprecedented population growth, a particular demographic is growing quicker than others – men.

Fears grow that US will end ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy granting legal status to Cubans who reach Florida shores.

Thousands of migrants have died trying to reach European shores, and the EU is struggling to cope. As Martin Kuebler reports, some critics believe the answer lies in opening the borders, rather than further restrictions.

David Cameron has refused to deny that he is considering plans to stop young Britons claiming in-work benefits – an idea that emerged when the government was told that a Tory manifesto pledge to apply such restrictions solely to EU migrants would be illegal.

A Montreal businessman is seeking funds to free hostages captured by the armed group Daesh (EI) in Iraq. The initiative is controversial, however, since the ransom fuels the industry and may contribute to finance a terrorist organization.

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