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Moroccan immigrants in Spain return to their Home Country

By Jamal Saidi

Morocco World News

Casablanca, 27 July, 2012

The Spanish daily El Mundo has recently published an article on Moroccan immigrants in Spain, highlighting their return to their home country in greater numbers. Many of them are reported to have lived in the host country for more than two decades. The Spanish newspaper says that the return comes as a bid to escape the economic crisis that has struck Spain since 2008.

The southern European country is apparently in the midst of an acute economic depression that lead the rate of unemployment among the 780 000 Moroccan expats to reach an unprecedented percentage of 50, 7. Many of them decided to return to the home land.

While some returned along the members of their families, others preferred to work in Morocco and keep the children in Spain. This wave of return started during the period of 2006 and 2007, but it has seemingly taken on a greater dimension.

The Spanish newspaper gave examples of Moroccans who returned home and left their children in the Northern neighbor for educational purposes. This is the case of Nurdin Fakir Salhi, who immigrated to Madrid 25 years ago. Now, he starts from scratch and opens a store in Tangiers to earn a living and most importantly to support his family in Spain.

Mohammed Elhaji , a journalist residing in Spain, said during an interview with the daily Al Massae that the economic crisis left the Moroccan expatriates with the only choice of returning home. He pointed out that the decision may be easy for single immigrants, but a very complicated matter for parents with children. Elhaj explained that the kids are likely to encounter difficulties in integrating in both the Moroccan education system and society. He continued that this challenge may lead some families to reconsider staying in Morocco, especially when they have no income.

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