Civil guard officers escort six Moroccan migrants near Motril in Granada, Spain on 07 January 2019 I Photo: EPA/Miguel Paquet
Civil guard officers escort six Moroccan migrants near Motril in Granada, Spain on 07 January 2019 I Photo: EPA/Miguel Paquet

A study carried out by Morocco's statistical institution has revealed that the typical Moroccan migrant is a young married male.

A ‘typical’ Moroccan migrant is a young married male, according to a new study on international migration by the country’s Higher Planning Commission (HCP).

Morocco’s statistical institution, the HCP, conducted a study on international migration and found that the typical Moroccan migrant is a young married male. The study is based on a survey of 11,780 migrants, who were living abroad at the time this survey was conducted. It was conducted as part of the Medstat cooperation program, which aims to provide representative, retrospective and comparative data on the characteristics of migrants in the Mediterranean area. The second phase of the program, planned for the end of the third quarter of 2020, will look at forced and irregular migration.

More than two-thirds of Moroccan migrants are male

The study revealed that more than two-third i.e. 68.3% of Moroccan migrants are male. Roughly 27% of the migrants or one in every four is between the age of 15 and 29 years. Women are relatively higher in this age bracket, 32.8% as compared to 24.4% male migrants.

Almost one-third or 32.5% of the migrants were between the age of 30 and 39 years. In this age group as well, females made up 34.4% while men were 31.6% of the total. Migrants in their sixties totaled just 3.9%.

Average age 25 at first migration attempt

According to the HCP study, the average age when Moroccan nationals attempt their first migration is 25.3 years for both, men and women. Figures show that seven out of ten migrants roughly 72.7% are unmarried at the time of their first migration and only 26.2% already have a family. But for migration in general, the statistics are quite different with 33.6% having found to be unmarried and 62.4% already with a family.

The average age for the first marriage in Morocco is 27.3 years old, 28.8 for men and 24.3 for women.

 

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