Morocco: Helping immigrants

Undocumented immigrants in Morocco are extremely vulnerable. Many suffer from poor health due to pandemic illnesses, such as AIDS or tuberculosis and have little access to treatment. Once in Morocco, they may be easily exploited or forced to make money through prostitution.

 

The result of these measures has been that many undocumented immigrants must wait in Morocco's border areas, under inhumane conditions, for a chance to enter Europe.

Undocumented immigrants in Morocco are extremely vulnerable. Many suffer from poor health due to pandemic illnesses, such as AIDS or tuberculosis and have little access to treatment. Once in Morocco, they may be easily exploited or forced to make money through prostitution.

Injuries caused by violence, inflicted at the hands of the police, other authorities and smugglers, is the most common reason for immigrants to be treated by MSF.

In the northwestern city of Tangier and the surrounding areas, including Bel Younech forest, MSF works to improve the health and living conditions of this extremely disadvantaged group. An MSF team conducts mobile medical clinics and monitors the immigrant community for epidemiological outbreaks.

Medical staff provide preventive care (vaccinations, antenatal care, family planning), HIV/AIDS care (including prevention of mother-to-child transmission) and logistical supplies. In addition, the team works to sensitize Moroccan authorities about the vulnerability of these migrants.

MSF works in the region of Nador and Oujda on the Mediterranean Sea, providing medical care to undocumented immigrants, especially those living in the Gourougu Mountains near the Spanish enclave of Melilla, where hundreds of would-be immigrants live in appalling conditions while they wait to cross into Spain.

MSF has worked in Morocco since 1997.

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