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Whitman College

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Fall 2019

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Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity


Migrants from South of the Sahara living in Rabat face violence as they attempt to navigate public space. The majority of these migrants live in the neighborhoods of Takkadoum and Yacoub al Mansour. Even within these two neighborhoods, migrants must manage and avoid racially motivated violence. This paper explores these two neighborhoods and the lives of migrants within these neighborhoods, how they find or create safe space, community relations between migrants and Moroccans, and their experience of segregation/separation. Understandings of defended neighborhoods and immigrant integration founded a theoretical basis for this paper, thus better exploring how migrants settle in new countries and what these settlements look like. These neighborhoods are unwelcoming and unsafe for Sub-Saharan migrants; the violence they face mirrors theories of defended neighborhoods, wherein the local population perceives a threat from an influx of migrants. The neighborhoods all vary in degree, but in each, migrants suffer the constant fear of violence in public spaces.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | International and Intercultural Communication | Migration Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Race and Ethnicity


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