A solidarity meeting has been held in Morocco from 11th to 16th November 2019 as part of attempts by the Church in Africa to mitigate the plight of migrants.
The meeting was a follow-up on an earlier meeting of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission (JPDC) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) to Morocco in October 2018 to create awareness on migration related issues on the continent and to enhance collaboration with the countries of origin, transit and destination.
The meeting brought together Bishops of Morocco (Rabat and Tanger), which are transit hubs for migrants, and Bishops from Western and Southern Africa (Niger, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Mozambique… etc) which are countries of origin of migrants. There were also some Bishops of destination countries, mainly from Spain and Italy.
The meeting was an opportunity to come up with strategies of collaboration among the countries of origin, transit and destination and to lobby relevant states to ratify the Migration Policy Framework 2018-2030 in order to adequately address the causes of illegal migration.
It was also an opportunity to improve SECAM’s engagements with regional and national Conferences and Member States and governments on the issues of irregular migration and enhancement of free movement of people.