By: Dario Zagarella
A series of discussion and awareness-raising initiatives on concrete alternatives to irregular migration were organised by the Employment and Training network of the SafeJourney project.
Within the framework of the SafeJourney project, co-financed by the European Union and implemented by Progettomondo in partnership with the Trade Union Institute for Development Cooperation (ISCOS), The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity (FAMSI) and the National Association Beyond Borders – Morocco (ANOLF), two roundtables and an open day were organised from 27 to 29 October 2021 in the regions of Marrakech-Safi and Béni Mellal-Khénifra in order to contribute to the dissemination of effective opportunities and alternatives to irregular migration.
The events took place respectively in the cities of Marrakech, on 27 October, and Khouribga, on 28 and 29 October.
The roundtables were set up as platforms offering to the social and economic influencers the opportunity to diagnose together but above all to co-construct viable approaches promoting concrete alternatives to irregular migration.
The first roundtable: ”Gender and Migration in Morocco” took place at the ENNAKHIL Association, Marrakech, on 27 October and was moderated by the CNRS research fellow, Dr. Chadia Arab. This event was an opportunity to discuss the point of the situation, the difficulties encountered and the empowerment of migrant women in Morocco.
In addition, the second rountable: ”Youth and Migration”, moderated by Professor Mustapha Azaitraoui, took place at the Khouribga Polydisciplinary Faculty on 29 October. Speakers representing different socio-economic players discussed issues related to participatory strategies for the inclusion of vulnerable youth in Morocco.
The Open Day took place at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Khouribga on 28 October and was an opportunity to exchange with young people through the information spaces of the different partners and services of the project.
The organisers offered an interactive space where almost 200 young students who might be tempted by the possibility of irregular migration found concrete, practical and meaningful information on existing legal opportunities for professional insertion and career progression (in Morocco and abroad).
The discussion and awareness-raising initiatives were well attended by public and private institutions, civil society actors, trade union and media representatives as well as Moroccan and sub-Saharan youth from the regions of Marrakech-Safi and Béni Mellal-Khénifra.