CMW Concluding Observations: Morocco 2013

Published: 8/Oct/2013
Source: UN Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers


Concluding observations on the initial report of Morocco adopted by the Committee at its nineteenth session

37.The Committee recognizes the efforts made by the State party to ensure that migrant workers have access to birth registration. However, the Committee notes with concern that, in practice, migrant workers, especially those in an irregular situation, face administrative obstacles during registration.

38. The Committee recommends that the State party take the measures necessary to ensure that all children of migrant workers, including those in an irregular situation, are registered when born.

39.The Committee notes with concern that the children of migrant workers face difficulties in gaining access to education owing to the conditions imposed, which include presentation of a birth certificate, residence certificate, certification of employment of the parents, education or equivalence certificates for children who have already received an education in their countries of origin, an age limit for registration and knowledge of Arabic as a precondition for registration.

40. The Committee recommends that the State party take all necessary measures to ensure that children of migrant workers, including those in an irregular situation, have access to education on the basis of equality of treatment. The Committee further recommends that the State party should establish programmes, policies and mechanisms to prevent discrimination in the school system. The Committee invites the State party to make all necessary provisions so that its next periodic report includes data disaggregated by sex, age and nationality on the number of children of migrant workers in primary and secondary schools, including when such children or their parents are in an irregular situation.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Acquisition by children, Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: Morocco
Year: 2013