Morocco Migration ‘Mafias’ offer migrants free rides to Europe in bid to secure more clients
London, October 4, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Hit by massive government crack down, Migration mafias in Morocco have devised a new method to attract customers and lure unsuspecting migrants to their net-They have resorted to advertising free boat rides to Europe
Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum whose investigation exposed the new trick reports that recently, go-fast boats have concerned the navy and government after they offer Moroccans free rides to Europe
The report says typical charge for such illegal journey is as high as MAD 50,000 or more
The newspaper also reported the government’s views on why “mafias” have resorted to giving free rides.
The paper explained that pressure and the successes recorded by security measures caused migration networks to give free rides.
Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that law enforcement thwarted 2,000 networks and rescued 20,000 migrants from the sea before they reached Europe
El Othmani agreed that the strategy comes from security pressure on mafias, who are seeking to “confuse citizens and the homeland.”
Throughout the year, Morocco has touted its efforts against undocumented migrants, especially sub-Saharans who cross the land border between Morocco and the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.
In recent months, videos went viral on social media featuring hundreds of Moroccan migrants demanding to be allowed to attempt irregular immigration.
On September 22, a group of Moroccans wishing to emigrate protested, chanting the slogan, “The people want free irregular migration,” while maritime police made a surprise appearance to stop a migrant boat from taking on migrants.
The death of Hayat on September 24 also sparked criticism and anger among the public.
In recent months, the government has been pledging measures against undocumented migration. Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said in August that the government aborted 65,000 undocumented migration attempts in 2017.
El Khalfi also said that Moroccans account for 13 percent of the undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018
The dream of reaching their El Dorado leads hundreds of Moroccans, both adults and minors, to northern Morocco and attempts to find a route to Europe.