Upside Down

Traditional studies focus on migration from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa to Europe. This story looks at movement from North to South, such as from Spain and France to Morocco.

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Upside Down

Traditional studies of contemporary migration tend mainly to focus on the flow of people from sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb to Europe. Few pay attention to migration in the opposite direction, from Europe to countries that can present challenges to those who go there. However, given the post-2008 economic crisis, and the changing balance of local economies, more and more Europeans are deciding to embark on this adventure, searching for a new promised land—to escape unemployment, or simply to give a new start to their careers. In a reversal of the historic South-North migration current, many young people—from Spain and France in particular—are seeking their fortunes in Morocco.

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