Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco: Migration, Education, and Employment

Perspectives from the Region and Europe


Socio-economic deprivation is posing a vital threat to Morocco’s elusive peace by fueling radicalization and irregular migration. To safeguard the country’s development and stability, comprehensive policies are essential to address challenges in the mutually reinforcing areas of migration, education, and employment. Education level is alarmingly high, and knowledge taught at schools do not match the needs of the labor market. This volume provides recommendations both for the Moroccan government and the EU.


  • Mind the Gap

    How France and Germany Can Spearhead Joint Foreign Policy Initiatives Now

    von Claire Demesmay, Jana Puglierin, Laure Delcour, Barbara Kunz, Stefan Meister, Andreas Rinke, Frédéric Charillon, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Dorothée Schmid | France
    DGAPkompakt 4b (April 2018), 16 pp., Updated and extended version

    Mind the Gap

    Given the current instability on Europe's borders and uncertainty about the international role of the US under President Trump, it is high time for Franco-German foreign policy initiatives. However, differences between the two, both on policy issues and in their strategic cultures, also limit their cooperation. This study shows how France and Germany can bridge - and exploit - these gaps to facilitate joint initiatives on four key topics: Russia, transatlantic relations, Syria and Turkey.

  • Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to Democracy

    Tunisia’s Double Challenge

    von Shahrazad Far | Tunisia, Democratization/System Change
    DGAPkompakt 2 (January 2018), 4 pp.

    Advancing Energy Transition While on the Road to Democracy

    The energy transition in Tunisia, which was first initiated in 2009 and reviewed in 2012, has underemphasized related social and political factors, such as employment and citizen participation in the country’s overall transition context. As the country continues on its path of democratization, the process of energy transition should underscore employment, enhance the role of local authorities and conducting energy-relevant surveys and opinion polls.

  • In the Triple Threat to Tunisia’s Democracy, Corruption is King

    von Fabian Stroetges | Tunisia, Corruption
    DGAPkompakt 1 (January 2018), 6 pp.

    In the Triple Threat to Tunisia’s Democracy, Corruption is King

    As austerity protestors clash with security forces in Tunisia, the country’s young democracy is threatened by a triple challenge: Insecurity, a lack of socioeconomic development and persistent corruption are interlinked and reinforce each other. Individually and in concert they undermine citizens’ confidence in the democratic system and hamper its ability to produce democracy dividends.


Expert Roundtable: Social Reform and Challenges in Saudi Arabia: Youth and “Vision 2030”
11/06/2018 | 09:30 - 11:00 | DGAP | Saudi-Arabia
As a result of low oil prices, Saudi Arabia’s young population is faced with numerous challenges: the traditional welfare system—the Saudi social contract, dependent on high oil rents—is under strain. The expert roundtable organized by the DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa program discussed the concerns and aspirations of Saudi youth, the status of an evolving Saudi civil society, the chances for a political reform under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and to what extent the traditional social contract between the state and its citizens needs to be transformed.
Category: Saudi-Arabia
Promotion of Think Tank Work on Migration and Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco
03/05/2018 - 05/05/2018 | 10:00 - 18:00 Morocco
The May 2018 workshop was the second of two workshops devoted to the subject of migration and socio-economic challenges in Morocco organized by the DGAP's Middle East and North Africa program. Ten mid-level experts from Morocco and Europe, who had previously participated in a workshop in Berlin from December 07-10, 2017, met in Rabat from May 3-5, 2018.
Category: Morocco
The Gulf Crisis - Political, Economic, and International Implications
13/03/2018 | 17:30 - 19:30 | DGAP | Gulf States
In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed travel and trade bans. They accused Qatar of sponsoring terrorist organizations, of keeping close ties with Iran, and of undermining regional stability. Since then, the relations between Qatar and the blockade states have deteriorated and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has increasingly weakened through fragmentation. Oman and Kuwait have failed to mediate the conflict; international actors such as the United States, France or Germany also faced the same fate.
Category: Gulf States
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