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Morocco legalizes 18,000 migrants in 2014 under new policy

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 Morocco has announced that 65 percent of migrants applying for legal status were approved -- some 18,000 people -- in the first year of the country's new immigration policy.

   Charki Draiss, the minister delegate for the interior said Monday some 27,000 illegal migrants from 116 countries living in Morocco applied for papers, with all women and children being approved.

   Moroccan King Mohammed VI ordered a new immigration policy in November 2013 with a goal of documenting the tens of thousands of illegal migrants, most from sub-Saharan Africa.

   The policy has been praised by local and international rights groups that see it as a positive change from previous security-based approach.

   Morocco is major source of immigration to Europe, but also a transit point for Africans and Syrians seeking to reach Europe.

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