An Internatinal Organisation of Migration (IOM) programme seeking to tackle the pressing socio-economic reintegration needs of underprivileged and at-risk young people in the northern Moroccan cities of Tangier and Tétouan has assisted more than 9,000 vulnerable individuals over the past year.
This USAID-funded pilot programme, which is carried out by IOM in partnership with the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Reintegration of Detainees, has provided direct assistance to young people looking for employment in the private sector, to ex detainees requiring assistance to start small businesses and to families seeking to re-enrol children who have dropped out of school.
As part of the two-year programme, young people who have dropped out of school have also benefited from vocational training courses.
Awareness raising activities have also been carried out in primary and secondary schools in marginalized neighbourhoods to promote the values of education and vocational training.
Special emphasis was put on health awareness activities, including on the risks of tobacco and drug addiction. Issues relating to citizenship education, the risks of delinquency and irregular migration were also addressed.
Some of the needs of young people in detention centres and prisons are also being addressed through recreational activities such as weekly drama and theatre workshops. Literacy programmes are also offered Foundation to young detainees, as well as vocational training in gardening, hairdressing, computer maintenance, woodwork, masonry-work, plumbing and electricity workshops.
“This initiative also seeks to address the needs of detained and recently released young people through the provision of supportive services provided by a team of young IOM social workers,” says Anke Strauss, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Morocco. “We also work very closely with NGOs and governmental institutions to help them better respond to the many needs of vulnerable youth.”
Tangier, on the Straits of Gibraltar and Tétouan, which lies close to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, have over the years become gateways for irregular migration into Europe.
The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Reintegration of Detainees was set up in January 2002 to promote the successful reintegration of former detainees into their communities.
Source:- International Office of Migration (IOM) – 4 Nov 2011