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Yale University

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Spring 2014

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Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity


In September of 2013, King Mohammed VI announced a regularization campaign, implementing a new policy of integration with respect to undocumented immigrants in the country. Deviating from former official discourse, the new measure allowed in principle for—among provision of residence cards and lifted criminalization of undocumented immigrants—greater immigrant access to healthcare services. The purpose of the following research was to assess whether the effects of this new provision are being positively felt on the ground in ensuring inclusivity of health services.Individual interviews on personal experiences with the Moroccan healthcare system were held with members of various immigrant sub-populations: refugees, asylum seekers, irregular immigrants, and documented immigrants. Technical and administrative perspectives were also obtained from health professionals as well as NGO officials.The results showed a lack of homogeneity in immigrant engagement with public healthcare; experiences were dictated by a multitude of individual politics. However, from the qualitative data, it was found that perception of the reality and lack of information placed limits on the recent change’s efficacy in improving health access. Confounding factors of typical hospital procedures continue to disproportionately affect immigrants.


Health and Medical Administration | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Social Welfare



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