Morocco to Start Repatriation of Moroccans Stranded in Spain Within 48 Hours

Rabat – Morocco to begin repatriation of Moroccans stranded in Spain in 48 hours, Foreign Minister, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita, announced in Rabat on Tuesday. Speaking before the upper house of the Parliament, the Moroccan minister stressed that the repatriation will start with those who have been stranded in the region […] The post Morocco to Start Repatriation of Moroccans Stranded in Spain Within 48 Hours appeared first on Morocco World News.

Morocco to Start Repatriation of Moroccans Stranded in Spain Within 48 Hours
Rabat – Morocco to begin repatriation of Moroccans stranded in Spain in 48 hours, Foreign Minister, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita, announced in Rabat on Tuesday. Speaking before the upper house of the Parliament, the Moroccan minister stressed that the repatriation will start with those who have been stranded in the region of Algeciras, then Madrid, Catalonia and other regions.  After bringing home those stranded in Spain, Morocco will move to repatriate Moroccan tourists stranded in Turkey, the Gulf countries, and France.  The Moroccan minister said that the repatriation will first prioritize Moroccans who went abroad on short tourist visas, as well as those who are in a precarious financial situation or suffer from serious health conditions.  He said the operation will not include those who left the country to seek permanent residency or have a job abroad.  He pointed out that, unlike other countries, Morocco will bear all the costs related to the repatriation.  The minister said that Moroccan embassies and consulates have provided financial assistance to over 6,000 Moroccans stranded abroad, as well as medical, administrative, and legal support.  The issue of Moroccans stranded abroad has been making international headlines after thousands of Moroccans shared their experience online. Some of the stranded citizens said the country has abandoned and forgotten about them, but insisted they want to come back home and expressed willingness to undergo quarantine as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19. Morocco’s government has vowed to repatriate the stranded citizens, but such a decision needs “rigorous” and meticulous planning, Bourita said on April 23. The government has been receiving heavy criticism from the media and stranded citizens for actions to assist foreign tourists.  The post Morocco to Start Repatriation of Moroccans Stranded in Spain Within 48 Hours appeared first on Morocco World News.