Morocco participates in 1st UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees

Anis Birou
Anis Birou

New York, September 19, 2016 – Anis Birou, Morocco’s Minister in charge of Migration and Moroccans LivingAbroad participated today in the first ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants held during the71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  World leaders came together today to adoptthe New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expressing the political will of world leaders to protect therights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.


The opening of the summit included high-level participation from Peter Thomson, President of the 71st sessionof the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, Ban-Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization forMigration and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights.

« Morocco has a global approach when it comes to the question.  Our immigration policy advocates a sharedresponsibility with the involvement of all stakeholders, political parties as well as civil society.  Since three yearswe have put in place an important legal mechanism with the law on human trafficking that was voted and twoother laws that will soon go before the Council of Government, » declared Anis Birou following the closing of theplenary session.


Minister Birou reminded participants of the proactive vision of His Majesty Mohammed VI on the question, « theNew York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants is in line with the orientations of HM Mohammed VI. As of 2013, His Majesty called for the adoption of a global approach with shared responsibilities, an international and regional governance and above all a human element as an essential component of all migration policy.”

Member States adopting the New York Declaration are making bold commitments to protect the human rights ofall refugees and migrants, regardless of status. This includes the rights of women and girls and promoting theirfull, equal and meaningful participation in finding solutions.  Today’s commitments are designed to producenegotiations that will lead to an international conference and the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderlyand regular migration in 2018, the development of guidelines on the treatment of migrants in vulnerablesituations and to achieve a more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supportingthe world’s refugees through the adoption a global compact on refugees in 2018.


Following the summit’s plenary session, Minister Birou participated in a roundtable discussion “Addressingdrivers of migration, particularly large movements, and highlighting the positive contributions of migrants »followed by bilateral exchanges with Simonetta Sommaruga, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Justiceand Police as well as with Sylvi Listaugh, Norwegian Minister in charge of Immigration and Integration.


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