Mauritania, Spain Strike Migration Deal

Mauritania, Spain strike migration deal

July 26, 2007

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and Spain have signed an agreement to regulate and handle the movement of migrants between the two nations.

The accord was signed here Wednesday by the Mauritanian Minister of Employment, Integration and Vocational Training, Cheikh El Kebir Ould Chbih, and the Spanish Labour and Social Affairs Minister, Jess Caldra Sanchez.

The accord provides for an “orderly and coherent” management of migratory influxes and the workforce in the relations between the two countries “in line with the bilateral co-operation on the movement of people and immigration”.

It further seeks to enable both countries' nationals “to fully enyoy in either country the rights recognized by international judicial conventions and has a restrictive force for both states”.

The accord was signed during a visit by the Spanish minister to Mauritania.

Mauritania, which officially has 9,000 migrants in Spain, is a key route for the thousands of Africans seeking to migrate illegally to Spain, Canary Islands and Italy every year.

Nouakchott – 26/07/2007