RABAT, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Morocco's immigration policy enabled refugees to recover their dignity and contribute to wealth creation, Jean-Paul Cavalieri, the representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Morocco, said Wednesday.
Over 5,000 people from 30 countries, including Syria, Yemen, Congo, Iraq and Palestine, take refuge in Morocco and enjoy free movement across the country, Cavalieri said at a press briefing on the World Refugee Day.
Noting that 62 percent of the refugees in Morocco are women and children, he stressed that granting legal status to the refugees will protect them against forced return to origin countries and provide them access to basic services and health care.
The refugees exist side by side with Moroccans in over 50 cities throughout the kingdom, he said, lauding Morocco's constructive role during the UN talks on migration, ahead of the signing of the Global Compact for Migration.
Morocco will host the Intergovernmental Conference on International Migration in December.