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EU risk report: Morocco is no longer policing its borders

European Union internal reports have warned that Morocco's border control was becoming lax, with Moroccan border authorities failing at the task.

Published: October 12, 2018, 12:48 pm

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    Morocco is not stopping criminal organisations from smuggling migrants to Spain, according to a report by Frontex.

    “Internal issues in Morocco, the main transit country to Spain, have caused a gap which allows more exits, particularly from the west coast of Morocco,” warns the 2018 risk analysis report.

    Intelligence reports have picked up on “an increase in human activity” in Mount Gurugú, where many Sub-Saharan migrants mass, waiting for chance to get into Spain. Sources from the Spanish government told Spanish daily El Paìs that Morocco was still waiting for some €30 million allocated by the EU and Morocco may have relaxed migration controls into Europe as leverage in key negotiations with Brussels.

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU has given the North African kingdom more than 100 million euros to tackle migration over the past

    “The PP is not going to allow attacks against our police officers,” anti-migration politician Pablo Casado warned, with reference to recent violent border crossings in Ceuta. “We are going to support the police and Civil Guard unashamedly and undividedly.”

    In a survey this year from Spain’s national polling agency, only 3.5 percent of Spaniards listed immigration as one of the top three problems facing Spain, with 62.4 percent listing unemployment instead. The poll outcome has highlighted the fact that immigration and unemployment are not politically linked issues to most Spanish voters.

    But that may be changing said Fernando Fernandez, a leading professor at IE Business School in Madrid. “You have this fear that these people will change your way of life.”

    The PP leader Casad has become the youngest leader of any of the big parties in Spain and has since promised a tougher stance on immigration.

    The recently-elected leader said it was not possible to absorb such numbers of migrants arriving into the EU.

    “It isn’t possible to give legal papers to everyone, nor is it for Spain to absorb the millions of Africans who come looking for a better future in Europe,” said Casado. “And because it’s not possible, we have to say so, even if it is politically incorrect.”

    He spoke at a party event in Ávila in July, accusing Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of putting the lives migrants in danger by inviting them to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and of supporting cross-border criminal enterprises.

    “While Sánchez was in Valencia welcoming a boat, 1 500 migrants were arriving in Almería and Algeciras,” Casado said. “A million migrants are waiting on the coast of Libya planning a new route through Spain.”

    Sánchez’s administration has been extremely welcoming to migrants, announcing new legislation to allow undocumented newcomers to have full access to public healthcare services on arrival, while also opening Spanish ports to at least two migrant rescue vessels that had been turned away by Italy.

    Javier Ortega Smith, the leader of VOX, the other anti-immigrant party, said the flood of Africans do not represent a “humanitarian crisis” but rather “an invasion orchestrated by criminal organisations and complicit foreign governments”.

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