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Fall 2019

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Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity


Migration has always existed but has increased with globalization as societies are becoming more interconnected through different mediums, surging the larger scale of movement between borders and the increasing inequalities in wealth between nations. As transit countries, Mexico and Morocco function as nations seen receiving migrants in transit to their countries of destinations. Central American migrants and migrants from the South-of-the-Sahara are two prominent migrant populations in Mexico and Morocco for many years, but due to the increased political discourse, legislation, and increased enforcement at these border regions, these migrants find themselves remaining for extended periods or even settling permanently in these transit points. In this paper, I will focus on Morocco and Mexico’s political, social, and legislative approaches in receiving migrants as transit and host countries. It will look at the pressures the United States and Spain, as destination host countries, have upon Mexico and Morocco’s border policies, respectively, to regulate and limit migration towards their shared borders. Moreover, many of these migrants will find themselves remaining in these transit nations for a longer period of time due to the many social, legal, and physical barriers that prevent them to make it to their desired destination.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Development Studies | Immigration Law | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Migration Studies | Politics and Social Change | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies


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