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Morocco Immigration Detention

Traditionally a country of emigration, Morocco is also considered an important transit country for sub-Saharan migrants seeking passage to Europe. Since the early 2000s, the European Union has pressured—and provided funding to—Morocco to block migrants transiting the country. A Moroccan commission of inquiry into incidents near the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla observed that while reluctant to act as a policeman for Europe, Morocco has over time become a “cheap and natural detention center." Although detention plays a role in Morocco's treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, in recent years crack downs on foreigners have been characterized by mass round ups and summary deportations, which observers claim are based on racial profiling by police.

Morocco Quick Facts

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