Migration & Agriculture in Morocco

Emigration is common in Morocco, with labor migrants traveling to Europe. Migration in the country often is an adaptation tool to reduce structural, climatic, economic and socio-political crises in rural areas. Technical and governance innovations are required that will allow the development of agricultural and rural systems, open the countryside to a new form of rural life (rurality) and rebuild collectives in villages, based on new contractual principles. 

Study regions in Morocco are experiencing agrarian renewal and proving attractive to former migrants and new groups of people, such as agricultural workers as well as urban and foreign investors in the country. Agrarian change, in turn, contributes to changes in the migratory phenomenon of each region. 

Research FocusStudy SitesCovid-19 & Migration

  • How does migration contribute to agrarian change in the Moroccan countryside? How does this change affect relationships with resources and territories?  
  • Understanding the circulatory mobility between migrants, particularly between Morocco and Europe, tracing how migrants invest in their countries of origin. 

Site 1. Tadla and Phosphate Plateau: Fquih Ben Salah, Beni Mellal and Khouribga Provinces 

Site 2. Middle Atlas-High Moulouya and Eastern High Atlas: Ifrane Province, Khénifra and Midelt 

Site 3 Oasis of Ziz, Guir and Figuig: Provinces of Errachidia and Figuig 

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted migration in Morocco, interrupting the circulation of money, food and merchandise between Morocco and other countries. Migrants stuck in Morocco, particularly those without many investments and resources, have developed new strategies to survive in the country during lockdowns. In response to the pandemic, the Morocco team has organized discussions with local and regional partners to understand the impact of Covid-19 on agricultural development and migration.  

Country Team Members

Mohammed Aderghal,

Senior Professor of Geography, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Rabat, Morocco

Lahoucine Amzil,

Senior Profesor of Geography, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Mhammed Echkoundi,

Senior Professor of economy, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Majda Mourou, 

Phd Student, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Fatima Boukrich,

Phd Student, Université Moahammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Fatima Ait Lkamel, 

Phd Student, Univesrité Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Fatima Zahra, 

Phd Student, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Ben Habibi, 

Phd Student, Université Mohammed V de Rabat,  Morocco

Walid Charrou, 

Phd Student, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco

Ahmed El Yahyaoui, 

Phd Student, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Morocco




Laboratoire Ingénierie du TourismePatrimoine et Développement durable des Territoires (LITOPAD) is developing an approach to examine how mobility contributes to territorial dynamics in peripheral regions and what role migrants play in in local development. 

Contact details: 

Laboratoire Ingénierie du Tourisme, Patrimoine et Développement durable des Territoires (LITOPAD), 

Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, 3 Av. Ibn Batouta CP 1040, Rabat 

Project Outputs

Contact Point: 

Mohammed AderghalSenior Professor of Geography, Université Mohammed V de Rabat, Rabat, Morocco


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