African migrants stranded in Morocco to be sent back home

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African migrants trying to reach Europe

Over 1,000 Sub- Saharan African migrants stranded in Morocco are to be repatriated back to their countries of origin under a voluntary programme to be undertaken by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The organization says the migrants mainly from Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire were most likely smuggled into Morocco with the intention of being taken to Europe, but are now stranded in the country with no work or places to live.

Among the migrants are unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, women with infants.

Chris Lom from IOM says the organization requires nearly one million dollars to support the repatriation programme.

"The Moroccan authorities are currently trying to clamp down on undocumented people and it is becoming an increasingly pre carious environment there for them. Many of them have been advised to actually come to the IOM office and seek this sort of repatriation. The situation now is that the Moroccan government will provide plane tickets for these people. IOM is appealing for money to pay for the reintegration of these people because sustainable return requires that they have some sort of livelihood to go back to and so this money would pay for their reintegration either training or setting up small businesses."  (Duration: 37")


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