Denmark eyeing migration agreement with Morocco

Other areas of to be brought to the table by the foreign minister include the green transition, jobs and trade 

The foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, is visiting Morocco this week in a bid to bolster co-operation across several parameters.

Kofod underlined that one of the key areas of focus during talks will be migration – particularly given that many migrants pass through north Africa on their way to Europe.

“The government is working to create a more just and humane asylum system. The current system is a failure,” said Kofod.

“The migration pressure on Europe generates huge challenges in Europe, as well as in departure and transit countries. So stronger international co-operation is required to tackle the reasons for irregular migration.”

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A DAPPer kind of aid
The visit is part of Denmark’s bilateral partnership with countries in north Africa, which is underpinned by co-operation within the realms of job creation, trade, migration and the green transition.

According to Kofod, Denmark hopes to strengthen the aforementioned areas via the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP).

With a budget of 1 billion kroner (250 million to Morocco), the DAPP aims to improve conditions in its partner countries.

Among the DAPP projects in Morocco is a COVID-19-related effort that focuses on creating basic health services for vulnerable women and girls.