By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, April 7, 2012
Birds are known to migrate from the cold countries in the North to warmer places in the South, but throughout recent history people normally migrated from south to north, to bountiful places that afford better living, and to countries where people enjoy a greater amount of political and religious freedom.
People from the South emigrated to European countries, mainly France, Italy and Spain, for many years. Europe was once a dreamland for many Moroccans in the same way that America used to be the dreamland of many Europeans . Europe was a place where everybody can make a fortune even those who are neither skillful nor competent. Strong muscles and physical endurance were the only required abilities needed to keep hunger away from an immigrant’s home. Mining, masonry, agriculture and other tough jobs were the ones performed largely by migrants. They were indeed exhausting jobs, but they were, for the majority of immigrants, very rewarding. Most of those immigrants did well in their homelands, and now most of them are enjoying secure retirement.
However, when the latest economic crisis hit Europe and America, job opportunities in those places became fewer. It affected immigrants and natives alike. Only skilled and competent people were able to maintain their jobs, and even then not for very long. People came up with various solutions to cope with the economic crisis. Some gave up their houses for sale or rent; others abandoned their big cars and other costly properties . But others chose to migrate back to the southern countries, where they still can enjoy the luxuries of life with minimal effort. A pension that hardly pays essential bills in a European country can afford the pentioner a much more comfortable life in a southern country.
Morocco is among the countries that have received and are still receiving thousands of migrants from the North. They come from different countries, but the majority have been from Europe. Migrant businessmen have chosen Morocco over other countries for many reasons. First, the strategic geographic location of Morocco, which facilitates commerce with Europe and other targeted African markets, is a big plus. Second, the political and social climate in Morocco is very encouraging and reassuring to start any lucrative project.
In the last two years, a number of Europeans, especially Spaniards, came to work and live in the northern cities of Morocco. They came to offer their services as skillful agents, private nurses and small private investors with expertise in the hotel business, farming and construction or came as housewives. They work for low wages compared to European standards, but such wages are plenty for them to live a decent life in the cities of northern Morocco.
With such high numbers of people migrating southward, one wonders whether the world is being reshaped. Are we witnessing the economic renaissance of the South? Apparently the southern countries are now living their heyday.
Edited by Ahmad Azizi