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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Fall 2018

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Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity


This paper aims to determine to what extent Moroccan law is protecting female Sub-Saharan migrants against human rights abuses and in the process, it attempts to determine what the Moroccan government needs to do differently to protect this population. Female migrant women from Sub-Saharan Africa are a population that suffers human rights abuses because of their dual positionality as both women and Sub-Saharan migrants: both of which are discriminated populations in Morocco. The research was carried out by communicating with lawyers and non-governmental organization (N.G.O.) team members who work with women to determine the common legal and social problems affecting migrant women and also by speaking with migrant women themselves, to hear their stories and their opinions regarding the matter. By comparing migrant experiences to Moroccan law at the international, national, and local scale the paper determines that the Moroccan government not only needs to create new laws to protect female migrants, but also needs to help change public opinion of the migrant.


African Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Human Rights Law | Inequality and Stratification | International Law | Law and Gender | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Women's Studies


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