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40.7% of Migrants in Morocco Are Women

Written by FDM

40.7% of migrants in Morocco are women, this is what the High Commission for Planning revealed in its national survey on forced migration in 2021. A study carried out among 3,000 migrants divided into 2,200 regularized migrants or in an irregular situation and 800 refugees or asylum seekers. The numbers to remember.

  • 40.7% is the rate of immigrant women in Morocco
  • Immigrants aged between 15 and 29 are 39.4%, 30-44 year-olds 48.2% and 45-59 year-olds 10.8%. A tiny minority (1.7%) are aged 60 and over
  • 51.7%  are single, 33.2% are married and 5.6% to be divorced.
  • At the time of the survey, 22.5% had reached a higher education level. The share of those with a qualifying high school level is 23.5%, middle school level 19%, and primary level 17.2%, with no significant difference between men and women. 16.4% of migrant women have no level of education.
  • 89.3% of the migrant women surveyed left their country of origin from 2010. Another indication: nearly 5.8% of the migrants resided in Morocco more than once, (6.5% of men and 4.8% of women). Migrants who arrived in Morocco for the first time represent 94.2%.
  • The journey of migrants from the country of origin to Morocco costs on average 1,940 US dollars.
  • 51.7% of women entered Morocco through airports and 38.2% crossed borders with Algeria.
  • 41% of migrant women left their country of origin mainly for reasons related to war, insecurity and persecution, 32.1% to find a job or improve their living conditions, and 11.4% for education and training. Family reunification (married or join the family) is the 4th reason cited by 8.9% of migrant women.
  • 44.5% of the migrants (men and women) questioned mentioned difficulties encountered during emigration. The main difficulties mentioned by name are in order of importance, lack of money, followed by physical exhaustion due to walking, hunger and thirst, physical and psychological violence, sexual harassment or rape, arrest and detention, expulsion, and deportation. 4.3% of women had a pregnancy or childbirth while traveling.
  •  37.7% of migrant women in Morocco claim to be in an irregular situation. 49.8% requested asylum and 47.3% asked for regularization of their situation.