Introduction. In Recent Decades, Migrants From Sub-Saharan

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Introduction In recent decades, migrants from Sub-Saharan countries seeking a better life have become stranded in countries bordering Europe, such as Morocco. Following non-governmental organisations’ (NGOs) reports about the deteriorating conditions of migrants and the changes in Morocco’s geo-political context, in 2013, the Moroccan government announced the adoption of a new migration policy. Consequently, according to the government, 23000 migrants of all nationalities were regularised and received a one-year residency permit (OIM, 2015). My MSc dissertation analysed the life circumstances of Sub-Saharan migrants (both newly documented and undocumented) in Morocco and explored how socio-political circumstances affect their stay in the…show more content…
Understanding migrants’ interactions with their social network can inform studies about areas of interventions which can yield higher success rates when it comes to social and economic integration. Thus, this research would be useful for policy makers, local and international NGOs which provide services to migrants, and scholars interested in migrants’ daily life circumstances. Thesis statement Although newly regularized Sub-Saharan migrants are officially welcomed to stay in Morocco, they still live in dire conditions with limited access to formal services. They are male and female migrants, who have stayed in Morocco for at least six months and have tried to cross to Europe through Northern Morocco. The exceptional regularisation campaign in 2013 offered an opportunity to them to be legalised with a possibility of renewal if they could meet conditions set by the government. Despite this regularisation, they have no access to the formal job market or to services such as housing or health and survive by working in the informal sector, begging in the street and rely on NGOs and charity for daily survival. This research will aim to investigate how migrants manage their spatial environment (employment, healthcare or housing) and cultural practices (language and religion) in a state of legal liminality. After investigating the circumstances of the formation of social networks, this research will analyse the positive and negative
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