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19 May 2020

Hamza Mekouaz, The North Africa Journal

Morocco: Tens of thousands of migrant workers feared to be in "humanitarian emergency" during COVID-19 restrictions

"Morocco: The hardship of foreign migrants in Morocco", 18 May 2020

Deprived of work and access to aid, thousands of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa living in Morocco are struggling to make ends meet under COVID-19 restrictions. ...  “Those who worked as vendors are under lockdown without financial resources and the situation is getting worse for illegal migrants living in camps. “They can’t go anywhere and non-government organisations can’t come to help them.” 

...  At least 20,000, the vast majority from sub-Saharan Africa, are trapped “in a humanitarian emergency”, said sociologist Mehdi Alioua of the anti-racism  foreigners’ support group GADEM.  Many of them work in the informal sector, which accounts for more than 20 percent of Morocco’s economy, and tend to live precariously, hand to mouth, even in normal time.