HahnRabat, 12th December 2014 –  For his first visit in the Neighborhood of Europe, Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy has chosen Morocco, a country considered as “a strategic partner and a key player in the region.”

Significantly, EC Commissioner Hahn visited the “Tamkine – Migrants’ Center  in Rabat, a project led by Terre des Hommes funded by the European Commission. EC Commissioner Hahn exchanged with  Sub-Saharan migrant women in Morocco, discussions focused on the migration routes and living conditions of these women in Morocco. The Tamkine Center is a health-care centre for expectant migrant women, mothers, babies and children. The centre provide  medical and psycho-social care to migrants women during pregnancy and the first months following births.

Women met the Commissioner with their children, mostly newborns. Commissioner Hahn, newly appointed in the recent ‘Juncker Commission’, showed clear interest in understanding conditions of livelihoods in Morocco and asked many questions on their personal stories.

“To live, I have to beg in the street. I share my rent with a friend, each must bring 400 dirhams every month (36 EUR) and even that is difficult! “tells a young Nigerian.

” Without a residence permit, it is impossible to find a job, and even with the permit, we know that it will be very difficult.”added another women.

Terre des Hommes explained Commissioner Hahn that the situation in Rabat was particularly favorable as compared to other major Moroccan cities knowing that a new regularization policy has been adopted, which is going in the “right direction”. Many associations and NGOs have a long history in Rabat and many public institutions are aware of and cooperate to open their services to women and migrant children.

To provide an adequate social response to the rights and needs of women migrants in Morocco, Terre des Hommes has also referred to the responsibility of the European institutions and EU Member States not to consider migration as a security issue, but as a matter of fundamental rights for the reception and protection of migrant children and their families.

Leaving the center to meet the Moroccan Prime Minister, Johannes Hahn told the Delegate of Terre des Hommes he will talk about his visit to Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner in charge of Migration and Home affairs. Terre des Hommes welcomes that initiative and will further it policy dialogue on migration in the EU Neighbourhood policy with the European Commission through its Brussels office.

Read the full report of the visit of Johannes Hahn, EC Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy, by Vincent Tournecuillert, Delegate Terre des Hommes in Morocco

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