EU grants Morocco $113 million to tackle illegal immigration, human trafficking

A general view of the border fence at Paseo del Dique Sur at the MoroccoSpain border in the city of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities in north of Africa. The fence was constructed by Spain to stop illegal immigration and smuggling. Since its construction, the fence was upgrated several times. Today, it consists of 11.5 km of two parallel high fences of 6 metres with another one in the middle high of 3 metres. Fences are topped with regular watchposts and a road running between them to accommodate either the Guardia Civile patrols or ambulance service in case of need. A network of underground cables connect spotlights, noise and movement sensors, and video cameras to a central control booth. Many devices were added to slow the jumps and climbing. On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in Melilla, Spain. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A general view of the border fence at Paseo del Dique Sur at the Morocco-Spain border in the city of Melilla, one of two Spanish cities in north of Africa. The fence was constructed by Spain to stop illegal immigration and smuggling. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The European Union granted Morocco 101.7 million euros (113 million U.S. dollars) to help the country fight illegal immigration and human trafficking, official MAP news agency reported Wednesday.

The new funding is part of the EU’s continuous support for Morocco’s efforts to fight illegal immigration and human trafficking, MAP said.

“With this new aid, we are deepening our partnership with Morocco to further reduce the number of illegal immigrants’ arrivals on the Western Mediterranean route,” Oliver Varhelyi, European commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement, was quoted by MAP as saying.

This financial support for Morocco is part of a 147.7-million-euro budget earmarked by the EU for the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to combat illegal immigration and human trafficking.

The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established in November 2015 to address the root causes of irregular migration.

The general budget of this fund is worth more than 4.6 billion euros, according to the EU.