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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.

Three entrepreneurs of the Arab world, including a Moroccan, are among the 20 finalists of Cartier women's initiative awards 2015.

Carrefour Maghreb will organize on September 1, in the Val d'Anfa in Casablanca, "the HR cocktail party," according to information revealed by the organizers.

The Foreign Ministry has launched its international hotline to receive complaints of Moroccans living abroad.

The Neo-Morocco association will organize Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Elksiba (Beni Mellal), a symposium on the theme "The economic social impacts of migration in the region of Tadla -Azilal: The case of Elksiba "with the support of the Council of the Moroccan community Abroad (CCME) and in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (University Sultan Moulay Slimane of Beni Mellal).

A few days after freezing the annual leave for consuls and their staff in all of Morocco’s consulates abroad until further notice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has just sent jointly with the Ministry of Interior a circular to the heads of Moroccan diplomatic and consular representations abroad with the aim to simplify the procedures for issues related to the civil status of Moroccans living abroad (MRE).

Salaheddine Mezouar announced Wednesday at a press conference key measures to be enforced in a number of Moroccan consulates.

Rabat, Aug - Moroccan Air Company "Royal Air Maroc" announced it will start on Oct.26 new flights from Rabat to Brussels, Madrid, London and Marseille.

For the celebration of the National Day of the Migrant August 10, 2015 at the Wilaya of Kenitra, the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) was represented by Mr. Abdelhamid EL JAMRI Council member and Chairman of the Working Group "Administration rights of users and Public Policy."

The European Commission on Monday approved 2.4 billion euros ($2.6 billion) of aid over six years for countries including Greece and Italy that have struggled to cope with a surge in numbers of immigrants.

These results come from Gallup's Minority Rights and Relations survey conducted June 15-July 10, which included an expanded sample of blacks and Hispanics. This practice is often referred to as "oversampling," and allows for a closer look at attitudes and opinions of minority groups whose representation in the sample of a standard poll might otherwise be too small for statistical analysis. In 2013, the last time a comparable methodology was used with respect to this question, U.S. adults reported largely similar attitudes. Gallup has also asked this question in several instances in polls that did not include an oversample of Hispanic and black adults, most recently in June 2014.

The longer-term trends since 2001 are unmistakable: U.S. adults' support for increased immigration is gradually growing. In surveys conducted within a year of the 9/11 attacks, which were perpetrated by 19 individuals who immigrated into the country, near-majorities or outright majorities of U.S. adults said immigration levels should be decreased. But as the 2000s came to a close and the current decade has unfolded, support for decreasing immigration has gradually fallen, hitting one of its lowest levels this year. As the country has slowly shifted away from this position, the percentage saying immigration levels should increase has doubled -- from 12% in June 2002 to 25% today.
Preferences for changes in immigration levels vary considerably by the respondents' race or ethnicity. Hispanics -- half of whom say they are immigrants themselves -- are most likely to say immigration levels should be increased (36%), while non-Hispanic whites offer the least amount of support for that proposition (21%). Blacks fall in between the two, at 30%. Despite these differences, the overall trend is similar for all three groups. Support for allowing increased immigration levels hit a low ebb for all races/ethnicities in the years immediately after 9/11, and climbed to new or nearly new highs in 2015.
This year's Minority Rights and Relations survey includes a sample of 508 Hispanics, roughly half of whom report being born in the United States and half outside of it. Despite the differences in their country of birth, these two groups of Hispanics do not evince statistically meaningful differences on this question. For both groups, about a third say immigration should be kept at present levels, roughly another third voice a desire to see immigration levels increased and still another approximate third say immigration levels should be decreased.
Nearly three-fourths of U.S. adults say that, on the whole, immigration is a good thing for the country, a continued affirmation for a practice that has been a core feature of the American experience. While a majority of the country has always agreed with this proposition, the margin has sometimes been more tepid, with a bare 52% agreeing in 2002. Similar to the sentiment that immigration levels should increase, agreement that immigration is a good thing has gradually risen in the years after the 9/11 attacks. In the 2013 and 2015 surveys -- both of which included minority oversamples -- such agreement reached as high as Gallup has measured since it first asked the question in 2001.
Large majorities of whites (72%), blacks (70%) and Hispanics (81%) say immigration has been a good thing for the country.
Though the U.S. is one of history's great immigrant societies, there is no broad consensus among its citizens today on how or whether immigration levels should change. The current trends suggest that more U.S. adults believe immigration levels should increase than did so a decade ago, but that view still trails the percentage who want levels decreased or kept the same. The growing acceptance of increased immigration levels is evident across racial and ethnic lines, though again this is hardly the predominant position.
But even as the overall specifics may be the subject of continued debate, the notion that immigration is a good thing for the U.S. is something the public widely accepts.
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 15-July 10, 2015, with a random sample of 2,296 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. All respondents had been previously interviewed in the Gallup Daily tracking survey and agreed to be recontacted by Gallup. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Source: Gallup

International travel figures released at the same time as the Reserve Bank of Australia's quarterly monetary policy report on Friday support its suspicion that the economy's potential growth has been cut by slower population growth.

Kimberley Hirschy has been dreaming of living in London since she was eight.

The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, called today for the cooperation of all members of the European Union (EU) to address the growing migration crisis, chairing in an emergency meeting of his government on the issue.

Maer Torrescano, 6, rests with her father Havacuc, 24, from the state of Morelos, Mexico, at the US Border Patrol detention center in Nogales, Arizona, on May 31, 2006.

Pulitzer Prize finalist and UC Riverside creative writing professor Laila Lalami has reaped yet another award, this time collecting the American Book Award for her latest novel, “The Moor’s Account” (Pantheon, 2014).

Moroccans living abroad (MRE) will soon complete their administrative procedures in the special counter that will be made available in all government and public institutions and local authorities across Morocco.

There are millions of people of Moroccan origin living in the world. They are actually a little less than 4 million (3.370000) to live their lives in the four corners of the globe.

A calligraphic exhibition retracing the important role accorded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the World Moroccans is a major highlight of the three exhibitions organized in Nador, from August 8 to September 15, 2015, by the Council of the Moroccan Community abroad (CCME) and theMarchica Agency.

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Yannis Oulad is the name of the young Belgian-Moroccan who successfully reached the summit of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain of Morocco and North Africa.

As Aid El Adha( Feast of sacrifice) is nearing, Muslims living in Flanders, Belgium, want to proceed to the sacrifice without constraint.

Making use of traditional techniques to craft modern objects could be the credo of the Franco-Moroccan designer Sara Ouhaddou taking part this summer at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, said he agreed with the ministerial departments concerned on several provisions to find sustainable solutions to difficulties and problems encountered by members of the Moroccan community residing abroad, particularly relating to civil status, registration of newborns, approval of documents and consular services.

The SNRT, the national media broadcaster of Morocco held on Tuesday at its premises in Rabat, educational visits for young members of the Moroccan community abroad MRE, according to an official statement released by the station.

They are already known for their talents in their host country, but this year they’re coming back to showcase their talents in Morocco.

The report is alarming especially as these figures come from the Metropolitan Police. According to recent statistics from the Metropolitan Police of London, comparing June 2014 and June 2015, Islamophobic crimes increased by 56.8%. 44 instances were recorded in June 2014 and have since gone up to 69 recorded in 2015.

On the occasion of the Throne Day and Youth Day, the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) and the Agency for development of the site of the Lagoon Marchica (Marchica Agency) is organizing three exhibitions on the Moroccans of the world, from August 8 to September 15, 2015 in Nador.

Germany took in a record number of immigrants last year amid growing tensions over the changing face of the nation, official statistics released Monday showed.

Dramatic images of migrants storming the Channel Tunnel from France have prompted Prime Minister David Cameron's government to ramp up anti-immigration rhetoric and spurred Eurosceptics to amplify calls for Britain to quit the European Union.

Home Office ministers to adopt more hardline approach to those who have exhausted appeal rights, to demonstrate that UK is not ‘land of milk and honey’.

Immigrants living in Britain illegally will face abrupt eviction from rental properties under new laws designed to make Britain a tougher place to live in, the government will announce as it redoubles its response to the Calais migrant crisis.

The situation in the family immigration detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border may be changing quickly following a federal court order, but the underlying issues inspiring some University of Wisconsin Law School students to volunteer to help the people being held there are unlikely to be resolved any time soon.

 Britain has announced new measures to tackle illegal migrants by forcing landlords to evict them, as a growing number of migrants in Calais continued their attempts to enter the UK via the undersea cross-channel Eurotunnel.

The building that houses Agora, tucked away in a small side-street in residential Neukölln, in an old lock-making factory, is easy to ignore.

The Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) has just published the book "Idbihi 1968-1987, course of a Moroccan from Renault-Billancourt to the Olympia" (ed. Publisher Talent), in partnership with the Association of former Renault-Billancourt workers.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) held on Monday, August 3 at the Council headquarters in Rabat, a press conference to share the news of the CCME, its actions and balance sheet.

It is no news that Europe has been struggling to absorb the 137,000 asylum-seekers who have arrived on its shores in the first half of 2015 alone—an 83% increase from the same period last year.

Migrants who come from war- torn countries of the Middle-East and North Africa are putting a huge pressure especially on countries of Southern Europe.

Scheduled on September 23, the opening ceremony of the decades-old mosque is expected to draw hundreds of political and spiritual leaders of Muslim countries and those of other faiths.

Two new private Muslim schools will open in September in Nanterre in the Haut-de-Seine, Le Parisien newspaper reported. Indeed, the French Ministry of Education has granted approval for the implementation of these two private schools offering Arabic courses and optional classes on Islam.

At least 15,000 people marched lastTuesday through the streets of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, to express their support for "an open and multicultural Finland" in response to parliamentary controversial remarks of the extreme right.

His Majesty King Mohammed VI chaired on Thursday, July 30th at the Royal Palace in Rabat a reception celebrating the feast of the Throne.

Apply the provisions of the Constitution relating to the integration of representatives of members of the Moroccan community abroad in advisory institutions and governance bodies and make effect of the participatory democracy were the hallmarks of His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s speech on July 30 2015.

HM King Mohammed VI stressed human dignity and called on social disparity that continues to pull the country down despite the efforts. He also dedicated a good portion to the Moroccan citizens abroad, during his speech to the nation. The Sovereign talked at length about the issue of insecurity that still hampers many remote parts of the Kingdom and the particular role of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) to better assist Moroccans living abroad.

On the occasion of the throne day, HM King Mohammed VI, will chair on Thursday at the Royal Palace of Rabat a banquet, according to a release of the Ministry of Royal household, protocol and chancellery, adding that the throne day speech will be broadcast on the same day on the Moroccan radio and television channels starting at 1.00 pm.

In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses the princesses will chair a dinner hosted by HM the King at the Royal Palace of Rabat in honor of guests.

On Friday, HM the King will chair at the Mechouar square at the Royal Palace of Rabat the oath-taking ceremony of new graduates of various civil, paramilitary and military institutes and schools.

Then, HM the King will receive at the officers’ mess hall the best wishes of the Royal Armed Forces and will receive tops of the class of various civil, paramilitary and military institutes and schools. A lunch will be hosted on this occasion.

HM the King, Commander of the faithful, will also chair the Friday prayers at Lalla Asmae Mosque, before chairing on the same day (4.30 pm) the allegiance ceremony at the Mechouar square at the Royal Palace in Rabat.

In Spain in the district of Los Rosales, a Moroccan teenager was awarded the National Prize for Youth in the "intercultural communication". This award honors her role in improving relations between communities.

"Islam, religion of peace" is the theme of a conference organized on Saturday in Dakar at the initiative of the Senegalese Association of Moroccan origin (Assom).

Recently graduating in marketing and managing humanitarian projects, Sarah Zouak, a young Franco-Moroccan aged 25, decided to embark on a 5 countries journey to meet Muslim women who are leaders in change.

The "Aghbal for Development and Solidarity" Association organized in partnership with the "dialogue" Association in the Netherlands and the council of the Moroccan community abroad "CCME" a forum with the theme "The countryside: Memory, immigration and innovation" on days 24, 25 and 26 July 2015 in the Municipality of Midar , Driouch region.

While debate about how to accommodate them rages in the north of Europe, a steady stream of migrants continues to arrive on the shores of the south.

It’s taken nearly 300 years, but one of the oldest practices in the United States is finally joining the digital age. In a blog post last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that the American immigration system would finally be joining the 21st century and enjoying all the tech benefits that have come with the times.

Economic opportunity has always been the prime force behind waves of emigration—usually in a single direction. But sometimes, over the long term, the pendulum swings both ways, which is the case with Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Donald Trump's latest stance on immigration reform suggests that he wants a merit-based system to allow more "outstanding" individuals to remain in the country.

 “If somebody’s been outstanding, we try and work something out.”

Statistics Lithuania informs that an annual publication Demographic Yearbook 2014 has been released. The publication provides statistical information about the structure and demographic development of the Lithuanian population: birth and death rates, marriages, divorces, migration. Comparable demographic statistics of the European Union member states and population projections of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) are provided.

Growing up in a Jamaican household, if anyone had told me that when I was older I would be a Muslim, I would have laughed. Witnessing Islam in urban Britain, it felt so Asian, so male and so backward.

The wealthy suburb of Casale San Nicola on the outskirts of Rome, where well-off Italians escape the chaos of the capital and retreat into their multi-million euro villas nestled between cypress trees, seems like an unlikely flashpoint for the migrant crisis in Italy.

Immigration has been at the centre of Slovakia’s public discourse in recent weeks, and though it may seem so, the issue is hardly a new one. Vietnamese people, for instance, have lived in Slovakia since the 1970s and today the community totals some 20,000.

One of the world’s most popular wealth-migration schemes, Quebec’s Immigrant Investor Programme, has failed to reach its target of applications for the first time, as wealthy Chinese look for alternatives to Canada’s turmoil-plagued millionaire-migration systems.

Marouane El Hamdouni started since Saturday, 25 July, a journey of twenty days through Europe to collect funds to support humanitarian associations that help children in Morocco.

Morocco is not a country in the grip of a civil war, and yet 381 unaccompanied Moroccan children in Sweden are classified as refugees from a total of 7000, according to a report released by Gatestone Institute, based in Stockholm.

"50,000 Moroccans have been stuck in Libya ever since the beginning of the war," said the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mbarka Bouaida, during the session of questions to the government, held Tuesday, July 21 in the House of Representatives.

A roundtable on "Amazighism, cultures, identities and cultures" was held Saturday in Fez, with the participation of leading researchers and linguists from various backgrounds.

In France, the National Assembly is currently considering the bill on the rights of foreigners. Elected officials voted July 21 on the creation of a multi-year stay as, announces the AFP. Over a period of up to four years, it will be granted to foreigners who already received a residence permit for one year and have a job.

When a PhD researcher, Alba Fedeli, looked more closely at the manuscript and noticed that two of its pages appeared misbound it was decided to carry out a radiocarbon dating test which found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence.

Several Moroccans who wanted to celebrate Eid El Fitr in Morocco were stranded at the New York airport after a flight cancellation by the Moroccan national carrier (RAM). The flight did finally arrive on Moroccan soil one day after the Eid celebrations.

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