EuroMedMig National Workshop: AMERM Rabat
“New patterns of migration in Mediterranean:
North-South:Case of Morocco”
Date : 27 octobre 2021
Heure : 14h00- 17h00 (Heure du Maroc)
Lieu : Hybride : Zoom & Faculté de droit, des sciences économiques et sociales, Université Mohammed V Agdal (Rabat) (Amphi 1).
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About this workshop:This National Workshop is part of the EUMedMi project: « Mapping European Mediterranean Migration Studies » (September 2019 – August 2022). Funded by the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Network Program. (Ref: 611260-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPJMO-NETWORK).
the WS will be entirely in French. Simultaneous translation in English will be delivered through Zoom.
Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi, Professor of Economics, Mohammed V University Rabat, Member of the scientific committee of AMERM & EUMedMig Steering Committee.
The foreign migration to Morocco mainly Spanish and French has deep historical roots. Being an old phenomenon that has been fueled by economic, social and even cultural reasons since the second half of the 20th century, this phenomenon has gained momentum in recent years especially in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 global economic crisis.
The latest available data shows the increasing part of French and Spanish migrants among total migrants residing in Morocco. Many factors could explain this trend some of which are the political stability and the economic dynamism in which the country has embarked thanks to the accelerate pace of reforms engaged recently as part of an ambitious goal to improve its integration within the globalization.
Alongside these important factors, Morocco’s geographical proximity, its culture of tolerance and its cost of living affordable comparatively to European standards could also stand as attractive factors that explain why some North American and European mainly French and Spanish citizens choose Morocco as a country of residence.
This roundtable will emphasize key features of this new pattern of migration in the Mediterranean region, which shows that migration flows are unavoidably in one way, i.e., South-North. It could enable a North-South dynamic that may be of great value added to host countries such as Morocco at various level: reinforcement of local demand in the case of retired migrants; setting up of new businesses that create jobs at the local level; a source of expertise to local firms challenged by the shortage of skills and competencies…
In other words, the roundtable will shed light on this new form of migration based on the case of Morocco, its dynamics, and features and to what extent it is due to structural or cyclical factors. It will tackle, therefore, the main policy responses that need to be deployed by so as to grasp the opportunities associated with this type of migration. Other specific aspects will be examined mainly in connection with cultural and socioeconomic integration of mainly French and Spanish Migrants and how this could be used as a strong argument to pledge for a new paradigm of migration within the Mediterranean region.
With the view of the multidimensional aspects to be covered, the research will be based upon a systemic approach and will rely on both qualitative and quantitative tools to assert the key findings. This research is intended to enrich Morocco’s options to promote and take advantage from this type of migration.
The workshop and the speakers should address the main following questions:
- How migration to Morocco from the North has evolved throughout the history?
- What are its features and determinants and to what extent it is due to structural or cyclical factors?
- How about the cultural and socioeconomic integration of mainly French and Spanish migrants and how this could be used as a strong argument to pledge for a new paradigm of migration within the Mediterranean region?
- What is the overall impact of this migration on Morocco’s economy?
14h – 14h30 Welcome and opening
- Farid El Bacha, Dean of the Faculty of law, economic and social sciences, Agdal Rabat
- Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Directeur du GRITIM-UPF et Coordinateur du Réseau Jean Monnet EuroMedMig
- Mohamed Khachani, Président de l’AMERM
Modératrice de la session : Djamila Chekrouni, Professeure d’économie, Université Mohammed V Rabat & Secrétaire Générale de l’AMERM.
14h30-14h50 The North South migration to Morocco throughout the history
- Mohamed Khachani, Professor of economics, Mohammed V University Rabat & President of AMERM
14h50-15h10 The cultural and socio-economic integration of migrants from the North into Moroccan society
- Abdessalam El Ftouh, Director of the Economic Promotion Department, Foundation Hassan II of Moroccan living abroad and member of the Executive Board of AMERM.
15h30-15h50 The legal and institutional framework of foreign migration in Morocco
- Abdellah Ounnir, Professor of private law, Abdelmalek Saâdi University, Tangier.
15h50-16h10 The contribution of the North South migration to Moroccan economy
- Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi, Professor of economics, Mohammed V University Rabat & EuroMedMig member, AMERM
16h10-16h45 General Discussion
The audience will have the opportunity to make questions in English.
16h45-17h00 Concluding Report
Djamila Chekrouni, Professor of economics, Mohammed V University Rabat & General Secretary of AMERM.
Secrétaire générale de l’AMERM.
Liste des experts (présentés par ordre alphabétique)
- Djamila Chekrouni, Professor of Economics, Mohammed University V Rabat
- Abdessalam Ftouh, Director of the Economic Promotion Department, Foundation Hassan II for Moroccan living abroad.
- Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi, Professor of Economics, University Mohammed V Rabat
- Mohamed Khachani, Professor of Economics, Mohammed University V Rabat & President of AMERM
- Abdellah Ounnir, Professor of Private Law , Abdelmalek Saâdi University, Tangier Member of the scientific committee of AMERM.
- Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Professor of Political Sciences at the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Biographie des intervenants (par ordre alphabétique)
Djamila Chekrouni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Full Professor of economics in University Mohammed V Rabat and coordinator of the Master « Migration and Societies ». She is also the General Secretary of the Moroccan Association of Studies and Research on Migration (AMERM).
Abdessalam El Ftouh (email@example.com)
Graduated from France, he obtained DECS (Diplôme d’Etudes Comptables Supérieur). After working at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, he joined the Prime Minister’s Administration as a Research Officer in the prices department in 1978 and then as a Project Manager. He was appointed Director-Coordinator in the Privatization Department in 1991 where he got the opportunity to participate in the privatization of the largest Moroccan state-owned companies among them CTM, BMCE, SNI…
In 1999, Mr. EL FTOUH joined the Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans Living Abroad as the Director of the Economic Promotion department. He becomes a member of the Executive Board of the association since 2007. He has participated in all the studies and research conducted by the association. Among his latest achievements in this field « l’histoire de la migration marocaine » published on the website of the Hassan II Foundation for MREs.
Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Associate Professor of Economics at Faculty of Law and economics of Agdal -University Mohammed V Rabat-, Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi holds an MBA from the University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom) and a PhD in economics from the University of Perpignan (France) covering structural issues related to the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Besides her previous professional background in the public sector where she was close to social economy sector and SME’s. Professor Ismaili Idrissi has conducted several works and participated in several national and international conferences on topics related to the major issues of the Moroccan economy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, entrepreneurship, migration and refugees among them the research conducted for UNECA related to “Transferts de fonds des marocains résidant à l’étranger : Contexte, évolution et perspectives de renforcement” in 2015, the “Euro Mediterranean migration dynamics: the role of the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries” published by IEMED in 2019 and the latest one has covered “The impact of covid-19 on Refugees & Asylum seekers in North Africa” in 2021.
She is also active in AMERM “the Moroccan Association for studies and research on Migration” as a researcher and in the Master degree of “Migrations and societies” as a professor and represents AMERM in the research network Euromedmig led by Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Mohamed Khachani (email@example.com)
Full professor of economics at the University Mohammed V Rabat, he holds a PhD in economics from the University Lumière Lyon II- France. He is President of the Moroccan Association for Studies and Research on Migration (AMERM) and President of the Moroccan National Committee of the Network of Researchers and Actors involved in migration in North Africa (NAMAN). He is also member in the Scientific Committee of the Moroccan Journal of Political and Social Sciences. He is Consultant to national organizations (Ministry in charge of the Moroccan community abroad, Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans Living Abroad, High Commission for Planning…) and international organizations (ILO, IOM, Arab League, European Union, Economic Commission for Africa, ESKWA…). Mohamed Khachani is author of various publications mainly in migration issue. The latest one was entitled « la question migratoire au Maroc » in 2019.
Abdellah Ounnir (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Full Professor of private law at University Abdelmalek Saâdi, Tangier. He holds a PhD in criminal law and criminal sciences from University of Toulouse France. He is lecturing on Private International Law (DIP) since 1992 with a focus on its two major components: the law of Nationality and the condition of foreigners. He is the coordinator of the Master degree: « Gender and Women’s Rights on both shores of the Mediterranean » as part of the Tempus program since 2008. Abdellah Ounnir has published several articles and studies on the subject, including » La reconnaissance et l’exécution des jugements en matière de statut personnel : le cas du Maroc et de la France” (book), » La reconnaissance et l’exécution des jugements étrangers au Maroc », « Conflits de lois en matière de statut personnel ou le rôle du système juridique laïc dans la réforme du code de la famille au Maroc « . One of his major ongoing research projects is on critical approach to Moroccan family law.
Ricard Zapata-Barrero (email@example.com)
is Coordinator of EuroMedMig and of EUMedMi Jean Monnet Network. He is Full Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain). Director of GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) and the Master Program in Migration Studies. He is also member of the Board of Directors the European Network IMISCOE (International Migration and Social Cohesion in Europe) and Chair its External Affairs Committee. Additionally, he is a member of editorial boards of several academic journals and an occasional contributor to media and policy debates. His lines of research deal with contemporary issues of liberal democracy in contexts of diversity, especially the relationship between democracy, citizenship and immigration. He is currently working on Mediterranean Migration, Urban resilience and Migration Governance. For publications see website: https://www.upf.edu/web/ricard-zapata.