Promotion of Think Tank Work on Migration and Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco

07.12.2017 - 10.12.2017 | 10:00 - 18:00 | DGAP Berlin | Nur für geladene Gäste

Kategorie: Middle East/North Africa

What are the benefits and shortcomings of Morocco's current migration system? What reforms of the education system are necessary to improve the quality of education and better meet the demands of the labor market? What measures are needed with regard to the integration of the informal economic sector? And how can think tanks and similar civil society organizations get more involved in the political process? These were some of the questions tackled during a workshop organized by the DGAP's Middle East and North Africa program.

Despite the reform efforts undertaken since 2011 in response to growing social and political pressures, Morocco continues to face a multitude of challenges. The workshop’s discussions addressed a number of key issues pertaining to the social, economic and political development of Morocco with an emphasis on the Moroccan education system and potentials for education reform as well migration related questions. In addition, the workshop explored the question of how think tanks and civil society organizations can advocate – and communicate – policy recommendations more effectively to the country’s decision makers. While the first two days of the workshop focused on topic analysis and discussions with external experts, the subsequent two days were dedicated to methodological training on policy paper writing and research.  

A central point of discussion was the integration of refugees and other immigrants into Moroccan society. There was broad consensus that Morocco’s current migration policies needed reform, particularly with regard to the long-term integration of migrants, e.g. by granting easier and better access to education. Yet, some participants questioned whether integration of immigrants, especially of refugees and illegal migrants, was desirable, arguing that many would stay in the country only temporarily to either eventually return to their home countries or to continue their travel to Europe. Participants also debated the advantages and shortcomings of migration partnerships and the EU’s overall support to Morocco. It was questioned whether increasingly management oriented and technical approaches to migration were suitable to address the complex realities of migration and migration related issues. Some participants advocated for a greater consideration of Moroccan civil society organizations in decision-making processes as they have the closest contact to migrant communities and a better insight into their needs and key concerns.

The importance of reforming Morocco’s education system was not only discussed in the context of allowing for greater socio-economic upward mobility of migrants in Morocco, but was considered a key prerequisite in tackling the country’s many socio-economic challenges in general. Recommendations ranged from adapting a more Africa-inclusive vision of education reform and a greater inclusion of Moroccan civil society in the reform process to specific programs and techniques to improve the quality of education, such as more rigorous and regular trainings of teachers and the introduction of new teaching methods like serious gaming into school curricula.

Fourteen mid-level experts from Morocco and Europe participated in the workshop, held in Berlin from December 07-10, 2017. It was realized in close cooperation with the Rabat Social Studies Institute (RSSI) and with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa), and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The December 2017 workshop was part of the MENA program’s ongoing initiative to promote scholarly and technical capacities of think tanks and civil society actors both in the region and in the EU. The second workshop takes place in Rabat in May 2018 and will give participants the opportunity to present and discuss policy recommendations with relevant Moroccan and European decision makers.


  • Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

    Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

    Programmmitarbeiterin, Programm Naher Osten und Nordafrika