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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.

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.

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