Portugal and Morocco concluded an Agreement on the Employment and Stay of Moroccan Workers in Portugal today, as part of the effort of both countries to deepen their bilateral relationship.

The agreement was signed by the heads of diplomacy of both countries, and it defines the procedures for the admission of Moroccan workers on national territory in order to develop a professional activity in Portugal, by creating a secure legal framework for recruitment, hiring, and admission of Moroccan citizens, in strict conformity with the national legal system and on an equal footing with Portuguese workers regarding their rights and obligations.

The signing of the Agreement on the Employment and Stay of Moroccan Workers in the Portuguese Republic was the result of a multi-sectoral coordination effort in both countries and is of great political significance as it allows for the deepening of the historic and fruitful bilateral relationship, through the promotion and protection of the dignity and human rights of migrant workers.

Within the framework of the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration, adopted in Marrakesh in December of 2018 by the UN, the two parties converge in their interest in combating illegal immigration and human trafficking, thereby establishing a legal and regulated migration channel.

The occasion was also an opportunity for the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates of the Kingdom of Morocco, Nasser Bourita, to take stock of the situation of bilateral relations, whose excellence has been recognised, an example of which is the instrument signed today.

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