For many years, illegal immigrants have used Andalucia as the gateway to Europe, making the uncertain journey through the straits of Morocco. The majority of these immigrants originate from North Morocco, though unquantifiable numbers often travel from distant African countries.
In an innovative move, the Junta de Andalucia has already funded six children’s homes to benefit children from some of the most impoverished families in Morocco. These newly planned homes will double that number.
It was reported that José Antonio Griñán, the President of the Junta de Andalucía, met with Chakib Bemmoussa, the Moroccan Foreign Minister, in Rabat last week to discuss the funding for the other six homes in North Morocco.
The thinking behind the 2.5 million euro project is to help educate children in order to hopefully avoid them later taking the decision to make the illegal passageway to Spain.
The main objective is to stop the current trend of illegal immigration to the Spanish shores and have not been designed to act as institutions to return minors ‘from’ Spain. It has also been reported that the number of young Moroccans entering the country illegally has declined dramatically over the past 2 years, by a staggering 80%.
These homes will hopefully avoid situations that are presently occurring with reception areas in Andalucia currently housing some 900 immigrant children who have made the dangerous journey from Morocco.
According to demographical statistics, released after studies were made regarding migration within Europe, experts say that immigration is declining due to the economic downturn. Sadly for many though, even Europe in a recession is a better alternative to what is offered at home.