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Morocco unveils scheme to recognise illegal immigrants

In this file photo, illegal African immigrants are seen resting and eating at a makeshift camp in the Sidi Maafa woods in Oujda, near Morocco's Mediterranean coast, on September 10, 2012Morocco has unveiled details of an "exceptional operation" to give official papers to some of its 25,000-40,000 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom hope to reach Europe. The scheme, unveiled on Monday, is part of a new migration policy which the north African kingdom promised back in September in the face of growing international criticism.