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Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) held on Monday, August 3 at the Council headquarters in Rabat, a press conference to share the news of the CCME, its actions and balance sheet.

It is no news that Europe has been struggling to absorb the 137,000 asylum-seekers who have arrived on its shores in the first half of 2015 alone—an 83% increase from the same period last year.

Migrants who come from war- torn countries of the Middle-East and North Africa are putting a huge pressure especially on countries of Southern Europe.

Scheduled on September 23, the opening ceremony of the decades-old mosque is expected to draw hundreds of political and spiritual leaders of Muslim countries and those of other faiths.

Two new private Muslim schools will open in September in Nanterre in the Haut-de-Seine, Le Parisien newspaper reported. Indeed, the French Ministry of Education has granted approval for the implementation of these two private schools offering Arabic courses and optional classes on Islam.

At least 15,000 people marched lastTuesday through the streets of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, to express their support for "an open and multicultural Finland" in response to parliamentary controversial remarks of the extreme right.

His Majesty King Mohammed VI chaired on Thursday, July 30th at the Royal Palace in Rabat a reception celebrating the feast of the Throne.

Apply the provisions of the Constitution relating to the integration of representatives of members of the Moroccan community abroad in advisory institutions and governance bodies and make effect of the participatory democracy were the hallmarks of His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s speech on July 30 2015.

HM King Mohammed VI stressed human dignity and called on social disparity that continues to pull the country down despite the efforts. He also dedicated a good portion to the Moroccan citizens abroad, during his speech to the nation. The Sovereign talked at length about the issue of insecurity that still hampers many remote parts of the Kingdom and the particular role of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) to better assist Moroccans living abroad.

On the occasion of the throne day, HM King Mohammed VI, will chair on Thursday at the Royal Palace of Rabat a banquet, according to a release of the Ministry of Royal household, protocol and chancellery, adding that the throne day speech will be broadcast on the same day on the Moroccan radio and television channels starting at 1.00 pm.

In the evening, Their Royal Highnesses the princesses will chair a dinner hosted by HM the King at the Royal Palace of Rabat in honor of guests.

On Friday, HM the King will chair at the Mechouar square at the Royal Palace of Rabat the oath-taking ceremony of new graduates of various civil, paramilitary and military institutes and schools.

Then, HM the King will receive at the officers’ mess hall the best wishes of the Royal Armed Forces and will receive tops of the class of various civil, paramilitary and military institutes and schools. A lunch will be hosted on this occasion.

HM the King, Commander of the faithful, will also chair the Friday prayers at Lalla Asmae Mosque, before chairing on the same day (4.30 pm) the allegiance ceremony at the Mechouar square at the Royal Palace in Rabat.

In Spain in the district of Los Rosales, a Moroccan teenager was awarded the National Prize for Youth in the "intercultural communication". This award honors her role in improving relations between communities.

"Islam, religion of peace" is the theme of a conference organized on Saturday in Dakar at the initiative of the Senegalese Association of Moroccan origin (Assom).

Recently graduating in marketing and managing humanitarian projects, Sarah Zouak, a young Franco-Moroccan aged 25, decided to embark on a 5 countries journey to meet Muslim women who are leaders in change.

The "Aghbal for Development and Solidarity" Association organized in partnership with the "dialogue" Association in the Netherlands and the council of the Moroccan community abroad "CCME" a forum with the theme "The countryside: Memory, immigration and innovation" on days 24, 25 and 26 July 2015 in the Municipality of Midar , Driouch region.

While debate about how to accommodate them rages in the north of Europe, a steady stream of migrants continues to arrive on the shores of the south.

It’s taken nearly 300 years, but one of the oldest practices in the United States is finally joining the digital age. In a blog post last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that the American immigration system would finally be joining the 21st century and enjoying all the tech benefits that have come with the times.

Economic opportunity has always been the prime force behind waves of emigration—usually in a single direction. But sometimes, over the long term, the pendulum swings both ways, which is the case with Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Donald Trump's latest stance on immigration reform suggests that he wants a merit-based system to allow more "outstanding" individuals to remain in the country.

 “If somebody’s been outstanding, we try and work something out.”

Statistics Lithuania informs that an annual publication Demographic Yearbook 2014 has been released. The publication provides statistical information about the structure and demographic development of the Lithuanian population: birth and death rates, marriages, divorces, migration. Comparable demographic statistics of the European Union member states and population projections of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) are provided.

Growing up in a Jamaican household, if anyone had told me that when I was older I would be a Muslim, I would have laughed. Witnessing Islam in urban Britain, it felt so Asian, so male and so backward.

The wealthy suburb of Casale San Nicola on the outskirts of Rome, where well-off Italians escape the chaos of the capital and retreat into their multi-million euro villas nestled between cypress trees, seems like an unlikely flashpoint for the migrant crisis in Italy.

Immigration has been at the centre of Slovakia’s public discourse in recent weeks, and though it may seem so, the issue is hardly a new one. Vietnamese people, for instance, have lived in Slovakia since the 1970s and today the community totals some 20,000.

One of the world’s most popular wealth-migration schemes, Quebec’s Immigrant Investor Programme, has failed to reach its target of applications for the first time, as wealthy Chinese look for alternatives to Canada’s turmoil-plagued millionaire-migration systems.

Marouane El Hamdouni started since Saturday, 25 July, a journey of twenty days through Europe to collect funds to support humanitarian associations that help children in Morocco.

Morocco is not a country in the grip of a civil war, and yet 381 unaccompanied Moroccan children in Sweden are classified as refugees from a total of 7000, according to a report released by Gatestone Institute, based in Stockholm.

"50,000 Moroccans have been stuck in Libya ever since the beginning of the war," said the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mbarka Bouaida, during the session of questions to the government, held Tuesday, July 21 in the House of Representatives.

A roundtable on "Amazighism, cultures, identities and cultures" was held Saturday in Fez, with the participation of leading researchers and linguists from various backgrounds.

In France, the National Assembly is currently considering the bill on the rights of foreigners. Elected officials voted July 21 on the creation of a multi-year stay as, announces the AFP. Over a period of up to four years, it will be granted to foreigners who already received a residence permit for one year and have a job.

When a PhD researcher, Alba Fedeli, looked more closely at the manuscript and noticed that two of its pages appeared misbound it was decided to carry out a radiocarbon dating test which found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence.

Several Moroccans who wanted to celebrate Eid El Fitr in Morocco were stranded at the New York airport after a flight cancellation by the Moroccan national carrier (RAM). The flight did finally arrive on Moroccan soil one day after the Eid celebrations.

In the first quarter of 2015, Austria saw the third-largest increase in the number of asylum seekers in the European Union. Up to 370 applications are registered daily, nearly half of which are from Syrians and Afghans.

More than 1.48 million Moroccans living abroad (MRE) have returned to Morocco since the launch of the operation "Marhaba 2015", on June 5th and until July 20, said the Minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and migration affairs, Anis Birou.

In partnership with the CCME, the municipality of Midar in the Driouch province is set to host on 24 and 25 July 2015, its first Forum under the slogan "the countryside: Memory, Immigration and creativity."

The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad is partner of major festival of laughter "Tangags" which is to be held from 3 to 9 August 2015 in Tangier.

Several Moroccan comedians from Europe will be taking part in this festival. More information will be provided later on.

 

A controversial immigration bill criticised as excessively lenient came under fire from the centre-Right opposition on Monday as France struggles to cope with the growing migrant crisis.

Education, particularly higher education, is one of this country’s great success stories. Every year thousands of students come here to learn and along the way they become lifelong friends of Britain.

The number of immigrants born outside Europe who came to live in this country after winning EU citizenship elsewhere has tripled in the last decade, a new report has confirmed.

The number of displaced people fleeing from war, conflict or persecution and looking for a better future in other countries has exceeded 59 million, the highest number since World War II, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Vulnerable children are at risk of having to represent themselves in immigration tribunals because they no longer qualify for legal aid, according to a report by the Children’s Society.

A new Media Matters report on the "single issue syndrome" found that Spanish-language Sunday shows continue to devote considerable attention to immigration at the apparent expense of issues equally important to the Latino community. In addition, although Latinos make up more than 17 percent of the U.S. population, only 4 percent of guests on English-language Sunday shows between January 4 and May 3, 2015 were Hispanic - a drop of 42 percent from their 2014 appearances over a similar time period.

An Internet rumor that hundreds of thousands of ethnic Korean residents are to be deported has seen immigration bureaus nationwide deluged with “tips” from bounty seekers and others about neighbors who in fact remain legal residents.

New Zealand annual net migration rose to a new record in June as arrivals continued to be bolstered by Chinese and Indian students, while fewer locals departed for Australia.

About 400 people met in Prague Saturday in protest against the EU, Islam and the recent immigration of refugees to Europe, and heard speaker Jan Jiskra calling on the government not to accept any refugees, to outlaw Islam and the sharia law and to protect Czech borders more toughly.

The Embassy of Morocco in Paris expressed its surprise at the intrusion of its headquarters, Monday afternoon, by seven people of sub-Saharan origin including 2 women who chanted slogans against the kingdom and especially against its migration policy.

New achievement for a student of Moroccan origin in the French Baccalaureate exams; Adeline Hakim, aged 17, a student at Jean Monnet high school in Cognac, got an overall "very good" distinction. But what is more praiseworthy is her mark in philosophy.

German TV has broadcast live Muslim Eid prayers from a mosque in a town near Munich, a move that is the first of its kind in the country’s history. The live coverage has also included speeches by Catholic and Protestant leaders.

As Ramadan ended, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Canada (CCCB) has published a brochure to explain Islam to Canadians entitled "Catholics and Muslims in Canada: believers and citizens in society."

The French parliament adopted on July 15, 2015, a reform of asylum to reduce the processing time of a record of applicants and improve reception conditions as the current system is out of breath.

The Minister of Social Affairs, Mohamed Ennaceur has announced it: a National Council for Tunisians abroad will be created.

Mobile application Snapchat's decision to dedicate its live stream to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia went viral, with hundreds of thousands of tweets on the topic.

Initiated by Donna Auston, a doctoral student in anthropology, the #BlackMuslimRamadan hashtag on Twitter aims to highlight the diversity of the black Muslim community and its practices.

On the occasion of the national holiday on 14 July in France, the Moroccan activist Latifa Ibn Ziaten was made Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.

Frustrated by Washington's inaction on immigration issues, California lawmakers are considering a measure to allow work permits for farmworkers living in the country illegally.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz draws on his own background as the child of Polish immigrants to counter ‘negative’ rhetoric on immigration.

Foreign students will be banned from working in the UK while they study and will be forced to leave the country as soon as they finish their course under tough new rules unveiled by Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

The immigration file may not be sexy, but it is surely significant in an aging and demographically-challenged Canada. The issues of immigration numbers, integration, citizenship rules, family unification, refugees and reasonable accommodation are all of national importance.

There's a reason that Hillary Clinton's attack on Jeb Bush over immigration sparked one of the sharpest exchanges between the two 2016 presidential campaigns.

They're holding mirrors up to each other.

More than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes, according to a government report released Monday.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:05

Chinese now top U.S. immigrant arrivals

Pan Wu, 26, originally from China and a graduate student in theoretical chemistry at Duke University in Raleigh, N.C., works at the university on May 31, 2013. Chinese Americans are represented at both ends of the economic spectrum, although when people think of Chinese immigrants they tend to think of the highly skilled and educated who arrive – the entrepreneurs, professionals, scientists and students like Wu.

Tourist arrivals into South Africa from abroad have plummeted amid the African National Congress (ANC) government’s enforcement of xenophobic anti-immigrant policies.

King Mohammed VI chaired, on Monday in Casablanca, the ceremony in which he announced the creation of the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulema, a body designed to unify and coordinate the efforts of Muslim Scholars, in Morocco and other African states, in order to promote, disseminate and consolidate the values ​​of tolerant Islam.

According to a report released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on July 10, 2015, "more than 150,000 migrants arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year and more than 1,900 persons have died while crossing ".

The largest Arab art and cultural festival in London is taking place between 11-26 July, featuring over 60 events set to take place in the city’s leading cultural venues.

In this holy month of meditation, worship and invocation, the Hassan II Mosque in Libreville is both a place of worship and reunion for members of the Moroccan community in Gabon, in the absence of any other meeting space.

During the month of Ramadan and as usual, Moroccans living in Germany adhere enthusiastically to the various activities organized throughout the holy month, participating in collective Iftars, seminars, meetings and Ramadan rituals.

According to the annual report of the Anti-Racism commission within the Council of Europe, the trends of 2014 are oriented towards a "dramatic increase in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia online and in hate speeches and xenophobic political discourses.”

With the advent of Ramadan begins for Muslim expatriate communities a quest to come closer together with their peers, a need dictated by the values ​​of solidarity and brotherhood preached by Islam but also by a desire to recreate the typical spiritual atmosphere of this holy month.

The blessed month of Ramadan, long awaited by the faithful, has a unique feature in Ivory Coast, particularly in Abidjan where, this month of piety and devotion is celebrated every year by members of the Moroccan community in pure ancestral traditions and a jovial atmosphere.

There is a schizophrenic situation in the EU which once created the conditions for more immigration from Africa, but now every EU country wants to stop immigrant inflow, says Pierre Guerlain, a Professor of political science at Paris West University.

Recently, The New York Times unintentionally lent its support to a key argument immigration enforcement advocates have used for years in their fight against open borders. In her piece “Stay Home, Pleads a Son of Eritrea,” Celestine Bohlen profiled a Eritrean activist who appealed to the waves of people leaving his country, which has long suffered under a despotic regime, telling them that “[t]he government is the problem and leaving doesn’t solve it ... escaping is not the solution.”

In a rare television interview, Hillary Clinton said she was "disappointed" by Donald Trumps's immigration remarks.

TAIPEI: Taiwan has become an increasingly popular immigration destination for residents of Hong Kong and Macau, with the number of Taiwan residency applications from the two cities in 2014 being the highest in more than two decades.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 17:43

Study: Chicago 'Immigration' Rate Dropping

Many large American cities need skilled workers from other countries if they are to grow. Chicago, Illinois is the third-largest city in the United States. But it may not stay that way for long. Why?

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, spiritual leader of more than four million Catholics in England and Wales, said the Catholic Church was "enormously enriched" by the many thousands of Catholics coming to these shores as migrants.

Mosques throughout the UK have welcomed, Monday, July 6, the British of all faiths for an iftar in loving memory of the victims of the London bombings in 2005.

Members of the Moroccan community in Los Angeles celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with moments of sharing, conviviality and piety in an attempt to revive, with a pronounced nostalgia, the specifics that distinguish this blessed month in the Motherland, Morocco.

Domestic demand has continued its upward trend in the second quarter 2015, in the context of improving household income and an increase of 2 pc of consumer prices, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

The Muslim community based in Panama wishes to perpetuate the teachings and rituals of Islam by drawing on the virtues of coexistence with other religions and cultures that form the basis of Panamanian society in all its diversity.

The Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT) and the Banque Populaire Group launched Saturday night in Paris, the program "Bladi F'Bali" aimed at encouraging Moroccans of the world to visit different regions of their country of origin.

A total of 37,590 Moroccans living abroad (MRE) returned to Morocco via Bab Sebta from the launch of the operation "Marhaba 2015," on June 5, until the 3rd of July as was revealed by the Customs administration.

As a mark of solidarity with African Americans, several Muslim organizations and activists have launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuild black churches across the south that have been target of arson attacks over the last month.

The petition on Change.org has so far rounded up around 5,226 signatures in support of the initiative. The campaign aims to reach 100,000 signatures.

The holy month of Ramadan this year was an opportunity for Moroccans in the Portuguese capital to come together on the occasion of a collective iftar organized on Friday at the initiative of the Portuguese-Moroccan Friendship Association.

While the EU continues to squabble over who should bear the greatest responsibility for asylum seekers arriving in Europe from areas of conflict, Sweden has asked its neighbour countries to regain a bit of perspective.

Migrants wait at Calais for an opportunity to sneak into Britain. Around 3,000 migrants, mostly from Eritrea, Syria and Afghanistan are camped at a site near the Port of Calais.(Getty).

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Francisco López-Flores was talking to numerous investors in May to pitch a project to track the economic benefits of immigration reform. However, one potential investor told López-Flores not to waste his time with mere hobbies.

Gardaí and the Immigration services are being singled out as in need of anti-racism training, following a new study.

BURLINGTON — Immigration officials are keeping a close watch on Veronica Morales. Every Monday, she must check in at an office in Burlington. Every Thursday, she waits for hours at home in Lynn in case an immigration contractor drops by. And if that’s not enough, officials attached a GPS device to her ankle.

According to the Canadian newspaper site, The Star, Moroccan imam, Hamid Slimi, officiating at "the Sayeda Khadija Centre", an Islamic center in Mississauga (Ontario municipality outside Toronto) has set to raise funds to help with repairs of the Catholic Church "St. Catherine of Siena" in Toronto.

The holy month of Ramadan stands for reunions, piety, and food but above all, it means challenges for the Moroccan community in England.

With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, which has a very special place in the hearts and minds of all Muslims, the Moroccan Diaspora in Canada is eager to recreate in its new North American living environment the pure traditions and rituals that characterize this blessed month in the Motherland.

A study by the OECD and the European Union confirms that the descendants of immigrants are more often unemployed or employed in low-paid jobs compared with young people without foreign origins.

With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in Sweden are, despite long days of fasting, adamant to preserve their traditions in this holy month of piety and spirituality.

With the arrival of Ramadan, bearer of hope, peace of mind, clemency and mercy for all Muslims, nostalgia seizes many members of the Muslim community in Mexico; they are, more than ever, nostalgic for their countries of origin, family warmth, the atmosphere of piety and inherent traditions that distinguish this holy month.

Muslims and representatives of different religions, political beliefs and dogmas in Belgium met on Monday in Brussels, around an Iftar under the sign of sharing, dialogue and living together.

The holy month of Ramadan in Argentina coincides this year with the arrival of winter, when temperatures drop, and the hours of fasting are reduced, ranging between 9 and 11 hours, depending on the time difference between the cities, making it easier for the Moroccan community living in this country to enjoy the month of Ramadan without fatigue or tiredness, but with nostalgia and longing to the atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan in their country of origin, Morocco.

According to a Eurostat report (the Statistical Office of the European Union), Moroccan nationals are the leading beneficiaries in terms of receiving European nationality in 2013, "of which 84% were granted Spanish, Italian or French nationality."

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