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Sixth Edition of the Migrant Festival focuses on Valuing the Heritage of International Migration

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH), University Ibn Zohr in Agadir, Morocco, the Association of Researchers in Migration and Development (known in French as Association des Chercheurs en Migrations et Développement (ACMD)) and the Regional Observatory for Migrations, Spaces and Societies (ORMES) are organizing the sixth edition of the Migrant Festival under the slogan Valuing the Heritage of International Migrations, on 27 and 28 October 2023, at 9:00 am in Agadir, Morocco.

This international event seeks to value the contribution of migration movements in building Morocco’s national history, particularly in its development.

It will also shed light on ways to preserve the history and memory of migrations and its heritage, by examining the experiences of the countries receiving migrants and the prospects of countries of origin.

Mrs. Amina Bouayach, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), President of Ibn Zohr University, President of the Souss-Massa Regional Council and ACMD President, will deliver statements at the opening session of this event.

United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, the representative of the International Organization for Migration, and other personalities will take part in this festival.

Several researchers and experts in migration from Morocco, Cameroon, Italy, Tunisia, France, Mauritania, Argentina, South Africa and Niger will also participate in this event.

Over two days, participants, through workshops, will study several topics including: The rights of migrants in Africa -international instruments and national legislation; The Maghreb states in the pre-colonial period - a meeting place of dense movements; Tracking the paths of migrants from North Africa to the Maritime Alps, etc.

This festival will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to several university professors and researchers in migration and present a collection of literature related to the subject.