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The Council of Moroccan mosques (RMMN) published a cartoon of the leader of the Dutch far right, Geert Wilders, in response to his plan to showcase the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Dutch television.

Abderrazak Aananou, a Moroccan living in Spain is among the 38 anonymous heroes decorated with the medal of the Order of Civil Merit on June 19, 2015, by King Felipe VI of Spain.

Najat El Hachmi has won the Sant Joan BBVA Catalan literature prize for her work "La Filla Estrangera', Spanish media reported.

Voting began Thursday in Denmark's general election with opinion polls suggesting a neck-and-neck race between Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's left-leaning bloc and the centre-right opposition.

The Polish government is more and more firmly opposed to the mandatory migrant settlement quotas proposed by the EU in the light of increasing number of immigrants from Syria and Eritrea.

In an interview with Sputnik, Italian Senate Vice President Maurizio Gasparri warned that the government of Matteo Renzi is unprepared to deal with the refugee crisis, and that his warnings of implementing 'Plan B', which would redistribute some of the refugees seeking residency in Italy to other countries, is not backed up by firm political will.

Britain should introduce a strict ‘Australian-style’ points-based immigration system of the kind advocated by Ukip, one of Labour’s leadership contenders has said.

Speaking at the meeting of religious leaders of Europe in Brussels on Tuesday 16 June, Mr. Khalid Hajji, President of the European Council of Moroccan ulemas, explained the fear of Islam in the European Community and suggested some tracks of reflection in order to limit its extension.

When speaking at the meeting of religious leaders of Europe in Brussels on Tuesday 16 June, the Chief Rabbi of Brussels considered that Morocco is a good example in tolerance and the living together.

Mr. André Azoulay, advisor to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, highlighted Monday night in Montreal, the centuries-old ties between Islam and Judaism in Morocco, as well as the uniqueness and richness of the Moroccan identity, nurtured and forged by the convergence of its various tributaries and components.

A trip to Morocco changed the course of Samantha Herron’s life. The English author fell in love with Morocco and its culture. Her passion was strong enough for her to study Arabic and live among a formerly nomadic Berber family in the Draa Valley on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara.

Ilham Skah has been awarded with the “Knowledge Award” by the municipality of Oslo and a group of academic institutions for her Master research thesis on Muslim women in Norwegian universities.

Moroccans are the foreign community in Spain that sent the most money to their country of origin, and then come the Chinese and Ecuadorian.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hit back at Italy over responsibility for migrants on Monday, saying it must abide by European asylum rules and that France would continue to turn them back.

TONDER, Denmark, June 15 — Recalling how a group of refugees once threatened his life if he did not retract a police statement, Frank Pedersen is angry about the increasing number of immigrants in Denmark.

The EU’s migrant distribution plan appears to be in tatters, with sources in Brussels admitting that the redistribution of 24,000 African and Middle Eastern refugees currently in Italy and 16,000 in Greece will seemingly occur only on a voluntary basis.

A 23-year-old student from China who attends the prestigious University of Tokyo is now looking for a job in Japan.

The Quebec government has granted imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi a selection certificate, a first step meant to speed up his immigration process.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton ducked one shoe thrown at him and caught another on Sunday morning.

Monday, 15 June 2015 12:33

Hungary's poster war on immigration

State-funded billboard in Budapest reads: "If you come to Hungary, do not take Hungarians'" jobs.

The Conservatives have a golden opportunity capture the ethnic minority vote if they soften their stance on immigration, according to a study by party modernisers.

The Association of Moroccan students in Bulgaria (BVM) was officially launched on Friday in Sofia, at a ceremony attended by, among others, the Ambassador of Morocco in Bulgaria and Macedonia, Latifa Akharbach, representatives of the St. Kliment of Ohrid university, the Officers of the Association and representatives of Moroccans living in Bulgaria.

Many professionals and graduates living abroad met Saturday in Paris, on the occasion of the 9th edition of the forum "Careers In Morocco", a platform for meetings between expatriates and Moroccan companies.

An artistic evening was organized this weekend in Oslo in honor of migrant women, as part of a Moroccan cultural event held in the Norwegian capital from 2 to 21 June.

As part of its participation in the "Consular celebrations" of Lyon 2015, this year bringing together more than 60 nations, Morocco Consulate General in Lyon has made a focus on the promotion of three destinations with high environmental, cultural and economic value as represented by the cities of Dakhla, Essaouira and Casablanca.

The Consulate General of Morocco in Strasbourg ended Saturday in Verdun, historic town of Lorraine, the process of local services, launched on April 25 to members of the Moroccan community.

The work of the first national meeting of Moroccan intellectuals and professionals of Spain started Friday, June 12, 2015 in Madrid, under the theme "Towards the consolidation of a shared space."

The Platform Association of intellectuals and professionals of Moroccan origin in Spain (PIPROME) and the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) are organizing a meeting with Moroccan Spanish talents on the theme "Towards the consolidation of a shared space ", on 12 and 13 June 2015 in Madrid.

KRUEN:  President Barack Obama said on Monday he is frustrated by U.S. federal court rulings that have stalled his immigration executive orders and will continue to push to fix the system.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could offer incentives to northern cities who accept more migrants in an attempt to quell an anti-immigration row brewing between the north and south.

The British government plans to significantly reduce immigration from outside the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, teeing up a confrontation with business groups who fret their supply of skilled workers will be cut.

Budapest (AFP) - New anti-immigration billboards put up by the Hungarian government have sparked political controversy, with the head of a small opposition party admitting on Monday that he had vandalised the state-funded posters.

LONDON: Spouses of Indians coming into UK with a legitimate permission to work may soon be barred from working in Britain.

Europe has seen 103 000 migrants reach its shores so far this year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) welcomed today Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Council headquarters in Rabat, students of the Institute of journalism and media in Casablanca.

Morocco's embassy in Pretoria set up on the past weekend a mobile consulate in favor of the Moroccan community in Mozambique.

Khadija Fajry, an immigrant to both France and the US, likens nascent cosmetic industry to a goldrush in which she offers 'the real thing'.

The International Organization for Migration - IOM indicates that Morocco is the 4th country in Africa, benefiting the most, from the program 'MIDA - Migration for Development in Africa'.

The announcement was made on Monday by Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Washington: The US Department of Foreign Affairs organized an exchange program on the feminization of fighting terrorism. Morocco contributes to it.

A mosque in Carpentras (Vaucluse), under construction and completion phase was the target of shots fired in the night from Sunday 7 to Monday, June 8, announced the Union of Mosques of France (UMF) in a statement.

The XI bilateral summit held last Friday, June 5, 2015 in Madrid between the governments of Madrid and Rabat has served to strengthen the bilateral relationship, marked by the desire of both countries to prioritize the shared interests and to diffuse the tensions.

Spain committed to pay special attention to Moroccan seasonal workers and to flexible family reunification procedures

More than 150 Eastern European migrant workers are being given free English lessons to help them get work in Salford.

According to the Royal Navy, up to half a million people are currently waiting along the Libyan coast to try to cross the Mediterranean.

UPDATED: The Swedish surveillance and rescue ship Posedion has helped a large group of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea from Libya.

CHANDIGARH: With the UK government recently announcing to put a cap on the skilled migrants, fate of many Indians, especially Punjabis, might hang in balance.

Monday, 08 June 2015 12:07

Italian leaders say no more migrants

ROME – Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers’ boats in distress.

LONDON – British police were questioning four Polish truck drivers Friday after authorities found 68 migrants crammed in the back of trucks at a port northeast of London.

Maungdaw, Myanmar: Some 150 migrants found adrift in a boat off Myanmar’s coast were set on Monday for transfer to neighbouring Bangladesh, an immigration official said, returning them to homes many tried to flee months ago.

The Spanish government has rejected the Commission's proposal to place refugees on its territory. The executive’s plan should be “proportionate, fair and realistic”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel García-Margallo. EurActiv Spain reports.

Do the immigration lines at airports serving Mexico's big beach resorts seem to be getting longer and longer? Actually they are, because our neighbor south of the border is enjoying double-digit upturns in tourism - and the lines will likely get even longer next year when current caps on transborder flight frequencies are tossed out.

The European Commission has submitted a proposal to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers in the EU. But it’s up to the member states to decide, and many don’t accept the proposed distribution of migrants. The EurActiv network reports.

The largest protest staged against Britain’s most notorious immigration removal centre took place on Saturday, as campaigners denounced Yarl’s Wood as an “abomination” that should be closed immediately.

 The “2015 Marhaba” operation to welcome returning Moroccans living abroad will  officially start on Friday and run until Sept. 15, 2015, said a statement by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) has organized Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Council's headquarters, a working meeting to prepare for a traveling exhibition with the aim to present the Moroccan culture at the Museum of History of Catalonia located in the city of Barcelona, ​​with the participation of a delegation of the Museum.

Sometimes you hear a story that serves to counteract the relentless negativity towards religions that washes around us on a daily basis.  More recently it is Muslims who have bore the brunt of this, with almost a third of schoolchildren believing that Muslims are “taking over our country”, and the fact that British Muslims face the worst job discrimination of any minority group.

June marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, meant to honor the accomplishments and role of immigrants in shaping U.S. history and culture.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey, the nation's immigrant population was more than 41 million, or 13 percent of the total population of 316 million.

CANBERRA, Australia—Australia’s tough approach to asylum seekers could become a model, with Australia’s government saying it has been approached by Southeast Asian nations looking to learn from its border-security approach.

Cambodia received its first batch of asylum-seekers from Australian custody today as part of a widely-criticised deal between the two countries.

Credit Suisse pension research chief Amlan Roy just published a devastating analysis of the UK's population demographics. He concludes, in part, that the ageing population of the UK is making the economy unsustainable, absent of some major change in demographics.

Doctors and teachers working in immigration detention facilities could face up to two years in prison if they speak out against conditions in the centres or provide information to journalists, under sweeping new laws to gag whistleblowers.

There’s good news for tourists and other travelers who go to Mexico a lot, and who belong to the U.S. Global Entry Program: The Mexican feds have come up with a way for you to skirt those long, long lines snaking up to the immigration desks at big airports south of the border. It’s already up and running at three terminals: the airport serving Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the airport at Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) and at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport.

Cesar Vargas was born in Mexico, and he immigrated to the United States without documentation when he was 5. The 31-year-old graduated from City University of New York Law School in 2011 and then passed the bar, but when he applied to join the New York bar he was declined due to his immigration status.

The Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), Abdellah Boussouf, met Wednesday in Rabat, with a delegation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to discuss the Moroccan model of migration.

The twelfth Franco-Moroccan meeting of Heads of Government held in Paris May 28, 2015 under the joint chairmanship of Messrs. Manuel Valls and Abdelilah Benkiran announces new perspectives for the social rights’ issue that affect Moroccan pensioners residing in France.

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing chain because she wore a headscarf for religious reasons.

Dozens of asylum seekers whose boat became stranded off Indonesia's Rote Island are being transferred to immigration authorities, after they were reportedly turned away at sea by Australian authorities, Indonesian officials said.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) will be receiving from 2 to 5 June 2015, a delegation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a study mission, under the Support Programme for the National Strategy of Migration Management (SNGM) adopted by the government in June 2011.

Participants in the International Meeting on "Islam in Europe and the challenges of the living together" pleaded in Marrakesh for the renewal of Islamic religious discourse and its adaptation to the European context and to its new realities.

A grassroots network of young Americans just pioneered Twitter’s first “Immigrant Parents Appreciation Day,” prompting in one day over 8,000 tweets using the hashtag #WeAreSeeds to speak out against racism and share personal stories.

They left Libya in 25 boats, and were picked up by vessels and aircraft from several European countries

The leader of France's far right National Front party said on Sunday that a visit to Egypt to meet with the country's religious and political leaders had no effect on her views on Arab and Muslim immigration to France.

This might come as a shock, but far fewer people are sneaking into the country across our southern border now than at any time in recent memory.

Hundreds of African migrants living in a shantytown in northern Paris, women and children among them, have been told to leave their tent camp after authorities said they posed high risks of epidemic sicknesses spreading in the French capital.

WARSAW — Volodymyr Zelenyuk knew it was time to bolt when the pro-Russian separatists came to the carwash he owned in the eastern Ukrainian coal town of Antratsyt and demanded his help making and repairing weapons.

Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them. “Nobody stopped us,‘‘ Camacho-Perez, now 20, said of her journey in 2002.

BANGKOK – Representatives from 17 countries and international organizations will meet in Bangkok on Friday to discuss Southeast Asia’s illegal immigrant crisis, as thousands remain stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal.

As Europe grapples with the stream of people risking their lives on the Mediterranean to reach its borders, Hungarian authorities have stood out for their especially virulent anti-immigration rhetoric.

Final adjustments to the port of Motril (Granada) are being made for the launch of the Transit operation 2015. The President of the Port Authority of Motril, Francisco Alvarez de la Chica, and Morocco consul in Almería, Sellam Berrada, held a meeting in the port of Motril to prepare the next operation Transit (June 15 to September 15) for Moroccan expats.

The Moroccan sociologist Mustapha Saha will present his new book "Haim Zafrani, thinker of Moroccan diversity" during a tribute that will be made next Sunday in Paris, to this tireless explorer of the Jewish-Arab memory, who died in 2004.

The Minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and business migration, Anis Birou said Tuesday in Rabat, that 97 Moroccans resident in Yemen have been repatriated since May 11.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) is organizing a conference on "the Imam and the challenges of the European context" on 30 and 31 May 2015 in Marrakech. This conference marks the beginning of a series of meetings planned by the CCME on "Islam in Europe and the challenges of the living together."

European Union countries are to take in 40,000 asylum seekers who flee to Italy and Greece, under proposals from the EU executive in Brussels. It is seen as the first step in a plan to introduce new immigration quotas across the union.

LONDON — Nick Evlogimenos came from Greece to Britain three years ago and now wants to see limits on both illegal and legal immigration into the country he now calls home.

For decades, Canada has been considered an international leader in integrating newcomers. It’s a proud part of our national narrative. But new data shows this long-established wisdom may no longer hold true.

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a new immigration plan which aims to tackle the challenges of migrants seeking illegal entry into Europe.

Monica Camacho-Perez came to the United States from Mexico as a child, crossing into Arizona with her mother in the same spot where her father made the trip before them. “Nobody stopped us,’’ Camacho-Perez, now 20, said of her 2002 journey.

One of the most troubling concerns for any democracy is the extent to which sub-populations of its citizenry "live in the shadows." Living in the shadows or social exclusion (i.e. lack of access to a state identification card, bank accounts and healthcare) is the process in which individuals are reluctant to fully engage in public life in order to avoid scrutiny because of their minority status (ethnicity, citizenship, religious beliefs and/or sexual orientation).

We examined Latino populations living in the shadows within the United States, and to the extent to which they may be avoiding public life because they do not want to be discriminated against due to their citizenship status, and/or the citizenship status of their loved ones. Our analyses rely upon the groundbreaking National Latino Health and Immigration Survey, a new survey sponsored by the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico and implemented by Latino Decisions. We recently showcased this dataset on a webinar for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capital Network blog as well as a previous post here showcasing the content more focused on the Affordable Care Act.

The survey of 1,505 Latino adults was fielded from January 29 to March 12, 2015, and provides some of the most comprehensive data on Latinos' attitudes related to health care and immigration in the ACA era. Although there is tremendous depth to this study, we focus specifically on a selection of questions that address the notion of "living in the shadows."

Are Latinos Living in the Shadows?

The question that we wanted to pursue with this line of inquiry is essentially: How many Latinos are "living in the shadows," and among Latinos, who are most likely to be reluctant to step out of the shadows and fully engage in public life? To get an answer we started by simply asking: "Have you ever avoided the following activities because you don't want to be bothered or asked about your citizenship status?" We asked specifically about daily life activities like taking public transportation, renewing or applying for a driver's license, talking with teachers and school officials, reporting crime to police and visiting a doctor or clinic.

Results from the survey indicate that the majority of Latinos, 70 percent overall, are not concerned by inquiries about their immigration status. This figure makes sense, given that the majority of Latinos in our sample are U.S. citizens, and a majority of Latinos who are not U.S. citizens are lawful permanent residents. Nevertheless, we do find evidence that a substantial percentage of Latinos do report adjusting aspects of their day-to-day life because they do not want to be bothered or asked about their citizenship status. In fact, we learned that overall, about seven percent of Latino adults shy away from contact with educators, nine percent avoid taking public transportation, nine percent steer clear of visiting health care providers, and 13 percent pass on reporting crime to police.

One of the most important sources of variation in this battery is language use. We find that Spanish-dominant Latinos (58 percent of the sample) are more likely to avoid certain aspects of life due to fears of being harassed about their immigration status. More specifically, 15 percent of Spanish dominant Latinos responded that they avoided contact with educators, 19 percent avoided taking public transportation, 16 percent avoided going to a doctor, and 19 percent avoided reporting crime to the police because they did not want to be bothered or asked about their citizenship status. These results signal a deep-rooted problem in our society and should be of concern for public servants and health care service delivery personnel interested in eliminating social and health disparities.

What does immigration mean for Latino access to health care?

Given our emphasis on the health care industry, we unpack how our findings affect the community of stakeholders in health care. Looking at the average count of self-reported visits to health care providers, we find that those living in the shadows -- measured as having avoided at least one of the activities that we ask about -- systematically report fewer health care visits. And this contrast appears sharpest for Latinos who are 30-34 years old, precisely the age demographic most needed in the risk pool to make health insurance through the ACA affordable for everyone.

Another important component of this survey is that we are able to provide perspective on an important question: Does fear of being tracked by the government for immigration reasons impact Latino take-up of health insurance through the ACA marketplaces or exchanges? We know that privacy and sharing personal information was a concern raised by Latinos during the launch of the healthcare.gov website. The administration addressed this very concern in March of 2014 in an interview on Univision, the Spanish language cable news network. In that interview, President Obama assured Latinos that the healthcare.gov website, and the CuidadoDeSalud.com version in Spanish, is not to be used to collect information for immigration enforcement agencies, such as U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement. To assess Latino reactions, we asked respondents which statement they agree with more:

1) "Personal information I provide to my doctor and health care providers is secure and kept private" or;

2) "Personal information I provide to my doctor and health care providers is sometimes shared and not always secure."

Approximately 24 percent of respondents stated that the personal information they provide their doctors and health care providers is sometimes shared and not always secure. However, if respondents personally knew someone that has been detained or deported (36 percent of the sample), this sentiment of feeling that your personal information is notsecure increases to 29 percent. Our interpretation of these results suggests that the externalities and consequences of immigration enforcement through mass deportations are spilling over to the health care arena and are undermining much of the hard work going into the administration's key domestic policy program.

One of the key lessons that we have gleaned from our investigation based on the 2015 National Latino Health and Immigration Survey is that Latinos may not view government as compartmentalized by policy area. Their lived experiences are much more complex. Latinos are simultaneously the targets of two of the largest bureaucracy developments in history: one charged with the provision of health care, the other for the purpose of enforcing immigration law.

There is already clear indication that health care practitioners are customizing their outreach and delivery systems to address the spill-over effects of immigration to health care provision. This is wise of physicians and nurses because the daily lives of many of their Latino clients are located at the confluence of the immigration and health policy streams. Whether policy makers and immigration enforcement officials modify their approach to take into account the collateral impact of their policies on the health of their fellow countrymen and women remains an open question.

For better or worse, the take-away from our study is that immigration policy is health policy, and health policy is immigration policy. This is directly in line with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new priority of establishing a culture of health, where health and well-being is thought of comprehensively. Our findings suggests the need for public servants (teachers, police officers, school administrators) and health care providers to better understand the role social stigma plays in pushing hard to reach populations in the shadows to better engage our collective concerted effort to reduce health disparities.

Source: The Huffington Post

Human rights activist Nawal Soufi, 26, born in Morocco and raised in the Sicilian city of Catania, coordinates support for migrants and refugees through a Facebook page. Migrants lost at sea contact her on the phone, as she speaks Syrian, asking for the help of coast guards.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) has received, Tuesday, May 26 at the Council headquarters, Moroccan historians and researchers in order to produce a book tracing back the Moroccan identity through the course of iconic historical figures of Morocco.

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) hosted this Tuesday, May 26 at the Council headquarters, the Franco-Moroccan Circle Eugène Delacroix.

The Year of Morocco in Canada, which became an annual event, has managed to "radiate Morocco in its diversity" among Moroccan and Canadian communities, said Saturday night in Montreal, the Ambassador of the Kingdom in Ottawa Nouzha Chekrouni.

An Islamic center in the US southeastern state of Florida has opened a free health clinic to offer medical services for locally uninsured and needy people in the area.

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday restricting European Union migrant access to Britain's welfare system was a red line in his negotiations with the bloc, ahead of an EU summit he wants to use to launch informal talks on the issue.

One of Switzerland’s largest and most influential political parties says it may call for a national re-vote on an initiative to curb immigration.

Nationalist monks are behind new powers enabling authorities to ‘organise’ family planning among groups with high birth rates such as Rohingyas.

GENEVA: Hungary's survey of its citizens' views on immigration is "extremely biased" and "absolutely shocking" because of questions that suggest a link between migrants and terrorism, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.

CANNES: A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, “Dheepan”, captured the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

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