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Minister: Morocco thwarted 30,000 illegal immigration attempts since 2002

A Moroccan minister said on Tuesday that his country has thwarted more than 30,000 attempts at illegal immigration since 2002.

"Our policy is to make a great effort to prevent illegal immigration," the Minister in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs Anis Peru said during a parliament session.

Peru explained that 10,000 out of the 30,000 attempts were by Moroccan citizens.

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Peru pointed out that the number of illegal immigrants arriving in Spain via Morocco has dropped by 90 per cent since 2002.

The authorities have dismantled more than 3,000 criminal networks related to illegal immigration since 2002, he added.

Morocco has adopted a tough policy over the past few years against illegal immigrants who use Morocco to cross into Europe.


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