By Larbi Arabaoui
By Larbi Arabaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, June 10, 2012
According to figures released by the Central Bank of Spain, the volume of remittances of Moroccans living in Spain dropped to about 144 million euros from the period 2007 to 2011, recording a decrease of 33 percent.
The report, prepared by the Council of the Moroccan community overseas, points out that the indicators of unemployment and seasonal work among the Moroccan community are the worst among other foreign communities living in Spain.
The report confirmed that the Moroccan community living in Spain has suffered significantly from the economic crisis and the stagnation of the job market in the country. It points out that the crisis led to the loss of 33 percent of jobs among males (approximately 97,000), while there was an increase in activity among female workers, of 2.7 per cent (an extra 2000 jobs).
The report showed that the period from 2009 to 2011 witnessed significant dismissals in the ranks of full time workers, which led to the loss of 16 thousand jobs, adding that two thirds of young Moroccans living in Spain (68.8 percent) are unemployed.
The report concluded that the aforementioned conditions of immigrants has given rise to various problems namely the difficulty of accessing basic resources, the increase of psychological discomfort, health problems and the risk of becoming homeless due to the inability to repay home mortgages in addition to growing intolerance, xenophobia and Islamophobia.
The report recommended the need for powerful institutional initiatives and urgency to find solutions for people with critical conditions, claiming that this responsibility rests on the shoulders of both Spanish and Moroccan governments, as well as the rest of the social actors in both countries.