The Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) presented, on Friday in Rabat, an unprecedented synthetic study under the theme “Moroccan women migrants: trajectories, routes and modes of insertion”, written by the sociologist and migration specialist, Fatima Ait Ben Lmadani.
This study, which was made public during a seminar organized at the CCME headquarters, reconstructs the historical stages of migration, highlighting several blind spots and hidden phenomena such as the emigration, from the 1960s, of single women or unaccompanied.
It is also a question of shedding light on Moroccan migrant women, their trajectories, itineraries and modes of insertion and the difficulties encountered in the countries of residence with a view to drawing up an inventory of the gaps noted in academic research on this subject. . The objective being to establish a global state of the main Moroccan female migratory waves, to characterize these waves by insisting on their specificities in order to analyze the recent evolutions and the dynamics of the said migrations by highlighting the difficulties and the discriminations to which against migrant women.
It also aims to raise some blind spots in the treatment of this question from the point of view of academic research and to propose measures and possible public actions to support these migrant women.
In this study, the researcher has carried out an analysis of the most recent changes in these migrations, in particular family reunification, entry into working life, seasonal migrations and the globalization of destinations, by highlighting the discriminations and prejudices migrant women suffer.
According to the president of the CCME, Driss El Yazami, this study presents the latest publications in the field of migration with a simple language accessible to all, stressing that the question of Moroccan migrants in general and migrant women in particular “remains a subject which interests many Moroccan families, who are linked in one way or another to immigrants”.
“This study will be at the center of future scholarly debates, as it is part of a new collection called ‘Notes from the Council’,” he said, noting that the Council has worked to make the study robust and grounded in modern research and accessible scientific data.
And to continue that this 40-page study makes it possible to update the data on the problems of migration, noting that similar studies are being developed.
For her part, Ms. Ait Ben Lmadani, said that this study aims to understand the different migrations as well as the difficulties and discrimination experienced by migrant women, whether in the country of residence or in their country of origin, noting that the study addressed future issues that may pose challenges to the migrant-sending country.
We initiated a dynamic and historical reading of the waves of migration when it turned out that certain periods of this migration were completely masked, she said, pointing out that to document the migration of women who left alone in the sixties and seventies of the last century, it was necessary to be guided by the testimonies of women, in order to elaborate a memorial story for this period.
She also revealed that the study addressed the issue of Moroccan migrant women in the Gulf and in Africa, many of whom are eminent journalists or women entrepreneurs and who, according to her, deserve some recognition in view of the successes accomplished.
The seminar included the Mediator of the Kingdom, Mohamed Benalilou, as well as specialists in female migration from Morocco, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.