Portugal and Morocco reach agreement to strengthen legal migration between the two countries

The two representatives agreed on the need to "strengthen and intensify cooperation in the field of preventing and combating irregular migration and trafficking in human beings". Since December, 69 illegal migrants have landed in the Algarve region.

Cristina Bernardo

Portugal and Morocco intend to conclude negotiations to reinforce and intensify cooperation between the two countries to prevent the arrival of illegal migrants in the Algarve, as has been the case in the past eight months.

During that period, the Maritime Police and the GNR intercepted the arrival of 69 illegal migrants to Portugal from North Africa. These landings in the Algarve were the theme that marked the agenda at a meeting, this Wednesday, between the Minister of Internal Administration Eduardo Cabrita and the Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit.

According to the note released, the two representatives agreed on the need to “strengthen and intensify cooperation in the field of preventing and combating irregular migration and trafficking in human beings” through an articulation between the Aliens and Borders Service and its Moroccan counterpart.

"In this sense, the importance and mutual interest in concluding the negotiations that are taking place for a legal migration agreement between Portugal and Morocco were also discussed," the statement reads.

The Algarve has been sought by illegal migrants as a gateway to Europe, a trend that has been accentuated in recent months. Thousands of migrants have used the three main Mediterranean Sea routes (Eastern, Central and Western) to reach the European continent in recent years, putting pressure mainly on the countries of the south of the European Union such as Spain, Italy and Greece and now, more recently, Portugal .

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