Morocco is a reference country in terms of protection and inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers, the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Morocco (UNHCR), François Reybet-Degat said.

For the UNHCR, Morocco is a country of reference that has long been able to position itself in a very assertive and progressive way on the issue of migration and asylum, Reybet-Degat told MAP on the sidelines a conference on the socio-economic integration of refugees and migrants in Morocco held Thursday in Beni Mellal.

Morocco’s role in the preparation of the Global Compact on Refugees in 2018, the organization of the 1st Global Forum for Refugees in 2019 and its choice to opt for a progressive, people-centered and inclusive policy for refugees in 2013 underline the place of choice given by the Kingdom to refugees and asylum seekers under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, the UN representative highlighted.

Tremendous progress has been made in Morocco, asylum seekers and migrant refugees have access to health care and education and 90% of their children are enrolled in Moroccan educational institutions, he pointed out, noting that refugees with residence permits also have access to employment.