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Increasing migration flow will strain Morocco's budget

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Significance

Earlier, one migrant was killed and 22 injured on October 22 while trying to scale a six-metre border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Morocco has become the main crossing point for illegal immigration into Europe in 2018.

Impacts

  • North African governments will intensify security measures and increase interdictions of illegal migrants attempting to cross their borders.
  • EU governments will pressure North African governments to prevent illegal departures from their territory.
  • EU states will ask North African governments to repatriate their citizens who arrive in Europe illegally.
  • North African states will increase investment in naval capabilities and border security to address illegal immigration.
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