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Fall 2017

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Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity


This paper uses a qualitative approach to explain the divide between local and migrant populations in the Moroccan context. This divide is primarily influenced by “feelings of otherness” and is triggered first and foremost by differences in physical appearance—easily identifiable differences upon first impression. Though inspired by a nearly instantaneous arrangement, this divide is fueled further by an inconsistency of language usage between groups. Because there is a wide variety of migrant experiences in this context, it is important to identify some of the differences between these lived experiences. Upon observation, the question, “What are the fundamental differences between migrants’ lived experiences?” can help answer “What mechanisms are facilitating the divide between sub-Saharan migrants and local Moroccans?”


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Demography, Population, and Ecology | International Relations | Migration Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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