The aid granted by the Spanish government to Morocco in the fight against irregular migration is controversial. Spanish justice has just dismissed two NGOs protesting against the allocation of funds to Morocco as part of this migration fight.
It should be noted that the arrivals of migrants is a business for several NGOs. “Imagine, for a moment, that these arrivals dry up or disappear. This means that the budgets allocated to their operation will be revised downwards, hence their eagerness to sabotage actions aimed at reducing the arrival of migratory flows,” declared a former volunteer within an antenna of the Andalucia Acoge association.
The legal challenge was in fact filed by Andalucia Acoge, in charge of the integration and monitoring of migrants as well as Access Info Europe, which is dedicated to “the defense and promotion of the right to information” and also an individual, in his capacity as taxpayer, but was rejected by the Spanish Supreme Court.
For this high court, the two NGOs, do not have any right to demand, by judicial means, “the cancellation of the agreement signed on July 19, 2019 by the Council of Ministers, which resulted in the granting of direct aid of 30 million euros” to Morocco for the fight against migration.
While the complaining parties consider that this was an “inappropriate” use of funding, “it is not proven that the cancellation of this fund could imply an advantage or a benefit for the complaining entities,” said the judge.
This is not a first, since this year, conservative circles and media close to the right protested against the acquisition of vehicles dedicated to the Moroccan security forces as part of the management of migratory flows, while Spain had little control over these funds resulting from an agreement signed between Rabat and Brussels in 2018.
And while the arrivals of migrants abound, the Spaniards unanimously denounced the “passivity” of the Moroccan authorities in term of the control of migrants. At the same time, they protested because their government − and not Morocco − contributed financially to lowering the impact of the migratory wave.
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