Make Morocco promise to allow its citizens to return to their homeland

I look forward to a vacation in Morocco, because so far I only know it from the movie: Alfred Hitchcock The man who knew too much Which begins with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day (‘Que sera, sera’) on a beautiful but warm bus trip to Marrakesh. This cultural city was also loved by Winston Churchill, who often loved the stay of its bearer there. And in the Netherlands, everyone knows Dutch notable Moroccans such as Ahmed Aboutaleb (mayor of Rotterdam), Ahmed Margach (mayor of Arnhem) and Khadija Arib (former speaker of the Chamber of Deputies; if only she had been there, she would certainly have used her position of helping Peter Umtzigt over two embarrassing minutes). from speaking time he received this week from D66 member Vera Bergkamp in the interest scandal debate).

The Netherlands can now make good use of the recent visit of EU President von der Leyen to Morocco. It pledged 1.6 billion EU funds to Morocco on February 6 in exchange for a promise that Morocco would make efforts to strengthen ties with the EU.

Von der Leyen mainly talked about Morocco’s future environmental actions, which is great, but Morocco still needs to take a big step in another area to become a true friend of the Netherlands (and Denmark, Germany, Austria, etc.). European Union members): adhere to Article 12.4 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that everyone has the right to return to his or her country.

Apply for a work permit in Rabat

Morocco signed and then formally submitted this UN treaty on August 3, 1979, but it created problems for Europe with the systematic refusal to readmit Moroccan citizens into their homeland when an EU state did not want to absorb them as economic migrants. This contradicts not only the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13.2): “Everyone has the right to return to his homeland.” (Note: Even if the government strips a person’s citizenship, his homeland remains his homeland and he retains the right of return according to the jurists).

Why is this so important for the Netherlands? We cannot put the so-called “rejected asylum seekers” from Morocco on a plane to Rabat because Morocco refuses to accept them. Every year, hundreds of young Moroccans want to settle in the Netherlands, not as “asylum seekers”, because Morocco did not persecute them, but for a better financial future. In normal relations between Morocco and the Netherlands, they will first have to apply for a work permit at the Dutch embassy in Rabat, knowing that if they report to Ter Apel without such a permit, they will be detained and repatriated. As soon as possible.

Stop the cheap rhetoric

Achieving such a natural future requires a careful, step-by-step plan:

  1. Foreign Minister Hoekstra must categorically stop his arrogant criticism of the Mediterranean countries. Hoekstra and his predecessors Dijsselbloem and Il d’Oro Zalm achieved nothing but created bad blood with their vulgar statements about Italy. Think for yourself: Why should Italian politicians care? Cheap rhetoric must stop for Bouhni, because Morocco is also likely to negotiate if respect is shown.
  2. It would be wise to ask Hoekstra for advice in Spain, which has experience negotiating with refugees from Morocco. Spain and Morocco regularly have to solve problems related to the disputed Spanish enclaves in Morocco, which – if Moroccan border guards fail by mistake or on purpose – suddenly offer thousands of refugees a chance of admission to the European Union.
  3. Hoekstra can partly appeal to Moroccan self-interest. 70 percent of Moroccan children still lack basic reading skills at the end of primary school (source: World Bank). The remaining 30 percent who can read are in dire need of their country if they want to develop better than before. What cannot be contributed by men and women of the caliber of Abu Talib, Marqosh and Arab? The Netherlands can promise not to issue work permits to highly educated Moroccan boys and girls, who are in high demand in their country, for example as future managers or as doctors (the Netherlands has five times as many doctors per 1,000 inhabitants as Morocco).
  4. In return for this promise, Morocco will have to accept that our embassy in Rabat has to say “no” in most cases to boys and girls who have not completed primary school (the inability to read plays a lesser role for girls, where 40 percent have literacy skills).

Also covenants with other countries

I’m not familiar with the EU’s administrative rules – do all member states have to agree to 1.6 billion? But everyone knows that member states sometimes put a magnifier in the European wheel to impose something of great importance to them. For the Netherlands, it is about putting an end to the mass immigration of young Moroccans to the Netherlands, who then have to stay with us for six months or more, waiting for a 1 per cent chance (the real number from last year) that they can stay and, in the meantime, creating problems to bus drivers, police and watchers out of understandable boredom, and also feed Wilders’ toxic theory that illiterate youth from Morocco don’t fit here because of their religion

Finally, a good agreement with Rabat could serve as a model for similar pacts with other countries that refuse to return their citizens in violation of UN treaties (Tunisia again this year). Europe gives so much money left and right to its friendly neighbors that it can also make demands. Then a purer situation approaches where Ter Apel can focus on genuine asylum seekers who have had to flee their country, while the papers of economic migrants are evaluated at the Dutch embassy in their country of residence.

economics professor Eduard Bomhof He publishes his weekly column on Wynia Week. Are you already Supporter of Wynia Week† You can donate here† Thank you!

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