Europe: Morocco wants to renew interest in Islam among European Moroccans

Morocco's minister for Moroccans overseas, Mohammed Amer, on Monday visited Rome's Averroe cultural centre. He is on the Italian leg of a European tour aimed at bringing second generation Moroccan immigrants closer to their roots.

"I came here to strengthen ties with Moroccan communities overseas through cultural and religious orientation," Amer told a group of Moroccan women.

The Moroccan government is planning to open cultural centres in various European countries, including France, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium, as a part of a major push to renew interest in religion among Moroccans abroad, Amer told the women.

During his visit to Italy, Amer will visit several cities and meet members of the Moroccan community here, which numbers close to 400,000 people.

"We are investigating agreements with Italy on social security contributions for immigrants who wish to return to Morocco in the future," said Amer.

Source: AKI (English)

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