Dozens of Moroccans residing in China have been facing countless problems for months and for good reason. Their inability to renew their documents, including expired passports and national cards, at the Moroccan Embassy in Beijing. Illness of the ambassador obliges …
Members of the Moroccan community concerned by this situation affirm, in a petition bearing about sixty signatures, that their inability to renew their passports puts them in confrontation with the Chinese authorities.
Signatories pay fines for exceeding the authorized length of stay, which cannot be extended without having an unexpired passport, the petition said.
The suffering of Moroccans residing in China whose passports have expired does not end there.
The Chinese authorities instead freeze their bank accounts, since they are linked to the passport number, and prevent them from using smart apps related to paying bills and using public transport and the like. Worse, these Moroccans are also threatened with administrative detention for two weeks before being deported to Morocco.
The reason for this ordeal of these Moroccans residing in China to renew their passports and national identity cards is the absence of the Moroccan ambassador in Beijing for several months.
In a response to MoroccoLatestNews Ar on this matter, a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad stated that “the Moroccan ambassador had been in Morocco for six months and that he did not ‘has not been able to return to China so far due to illness’.
In the absence of the ambassador, officials of the Moroccan diplomatic mission suggest that Moroccans residing in China go to Malaysia or return to Morocco to renew their papers, or “wait”, according to the testimony of the signatories of the petition.
The latter consider that the alternative solution proposed by the Moroccan embassy is “impossible and impractical, because it is not possible to travel to another country with an expired passport”.
They call for the problem to be solved in China, “because there is a Moroccan embassy that takes care of the affairs of the community.”
One of the Moroccans concerned was surprised, in an appeal with MoroccoLatestNews, at the solutions proposed by the Moroccan embassy in the current situation characterized by the spread of the pandemic.
“Traveling to Malaysia is not possible due to the lack of flights and also carries risks given the spread of the virus. The same goes for Morocco without counting the high travel costs, ”he said.
“The general feeling that prevails today in our ranks is that the Moroccan state attaches no importance to Moroccans residing in China, and that it only cares about Moroccans in Europe, knowing that we also contribute to the economy and provide foreign currency to our country, ”he regretted not without bitterness.
Recall that rumors circulated at the beginning of last February on a coronavirus contamination of the Moroccan ambassador to China, Aziz Mekouar.