The events in Melilla showed that migratory flows from Algeria cannot be stopped without “cooperation” – today 24

In light of the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, which reached the point of breaking off relations for more than a year, Morocco once again officially spoke of the responsibility of its eastern neighbor, Algeria, in the matter of the migratory flow towards Morocco, especially before the growing massive incursions into the occupied outpost of Melilla, and the record of one of the most violent attacks in recent times claimed the lives of more than twenty immigrants.

Khaled Zerouali, the governor in charge of immigration and border control at the Ministry of the Interior, who is known for being the main person in charge of the migratory file in Morocco, said in an interview with the Spanish agency “Effi”, that the assault of the recently occupied Melilla fence was a “new phenomenon” in terms of its size and “level of” violence “of the migrants who entered Moroccan territory after crossing Libya and Algeria.

Zerouali considered that “what happened in Melilla shows that there are migratory flows from Algeria to Morocco, and if there is no sincere and goodwill cooperation between the neighbors, we cannot stop these flows.”

The statements of the immigrants detained in the tragic attempt to cross into Melilla in front of the Moroccan police reveal the existence of criminal networks that operate over 5,000 km, the first in Sudan and the last in Algeria, led by “Zaim ”, a Malian who has easy access to the mountains of Nador in Morocco.

The investigations of the open case against 64 people collect the testimonies of these migrants before the police, which reveal the existence of gangs dedicated to the trafficking of human beings that operate on the migratory routes until they reach Morocco and cross from there to Spain.

According to the detainees themselves, the migrants, as soon as they arrive in the mountains near Nador, organize themselves in forest camps, waiting for the right moment to jump the fence, in a hierarchical structure headed by a leader and subgroups headed by dozens of chiefs.

In 2017, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Algerian ambassador to protest against the deportation of 55 Syrian immigrants to Morocco by the Algerian authorities.

At the time, Moroccan authorities said that Algeria had rounded up Syrian migrants in “inhumane conditions” near the border between the two southern countries, adding that “the country’s authorities express surprise that Algeria did not has taken into account the conditions of these migrants and push them by force towards our soil, in behaviors contrary to the rules of good neighborliness that are not The Kingdom has been calling it”.