Introduction: revisiting Moroccan migrations

Introduction: revisiting Moroccan migrations

Author: 
Berriane, Mohamed
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2015
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de Haas, hein, jt. author
Natter, Katharina, jt. author
Journal Title: 
The Journal of North African Studies
Source: 
Journal of North African Studies,Vol. 20, No. 4, September 2015, pp. 503-521
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Since the 1960s, Morocco has evolved into one of the world's leading emigration countries and in many ways migration has permeated Morocco's social, cultural and economic life. However, Morocco's position within Euro-African migration systems seems to be undergoing significant changes since 2000. Although Morocco remains primarily a country of emigration, it is also becoming a destination for migrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa and, to some extent, from Europe. The growing presence of immigrants confronts Moroccan society with an entirely new set of social, cultural, political and legal issues around diversity and integration. This special issue explores how continued emigration and increasing immigration is transforming contemporary Moroccan society, with a particular emphasis on the way in which the Moroccan state is dealing with these shifting migratory realities. The analyses highlight how existing migration theories can help to make sense of these transformations and, vice-versa, how the Moroccan case can contribute to migration scholarship. The Moroccan migration experience particularly exemplifies the value and necessity of going beyond Euro-centric biases in migration research that artificially divide the world into ‘receiving’ and ‘sending’ countries.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016