22 Jul, 2019 @ 13:18
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Spain gives Morocco €30 million to curb irregular immigration as numbers drop 27% this year

SPAIN has agreed to give Morocco €30 million to curb illegal immigration to its shores.

The cash is on top of 140 already pledged by the EU, used to purchase 750 vehicles, 15 drones, dozens of scanners, radars and other technical equipment for border control from Morocco.

It comes as irregular immigration numbers to Spanish shores have already fallen 27% this year, according to Interior Ministry figures.

The allocations of funds was agreed last Friday, and follows renewed relations between Spain and Morocco.

The money will cover part of ‘the costs incurred by Moroccan authorities in their cooperation with Spain, and the entire EU, on border management and the fight against irregular immigration headed for the Spanish coast’, according to a document justifying the expense.

Morocco’s head of border control and migration, Khalid Zerouali, told El Pais the EU’s €140 million was ‘a good start’, and suggested that future talks with Brussels will determine the compensation that Morocco deems appropriate.

According to the Moroccan authorities, over 40,300 illegal immigration attempts have been foiled in the first six months of 2019.

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Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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