An immigrant of Moroccan origin works in Rome as a shoeshine | Photo:  ANSA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI
An immigrant of Moroccan origin works in Rome as a shoeshine | Photo: ANSA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

A poll carried out by the IPSOS research agency found that 64% of young Moroccan citizens surveyed in six EU countries reported that they had a hard time finding a job. The study also found that 57% experienced problems finding adequate housing, and that 42% felt they had problems with practicing their religion.

The biggest difficulty faced by young Moroccans living in Italy is apparently getting a bank loan, according to 65% of respondents. Housing (63%) and employment (57%) were also major sources of concern, according to the survey carried out by IPSOS, which was released on June 29.

The report, which had been commissioned by the Council of the Moroccan Community living abroad (CCME), said that Moroccans living in the six main European countries of emigration for Moroccans faced multiple levels of difficulty, which all appear to be linked to discrimination.

A reported 42% in total also said that it was hard for them to practice their religion freely, especially in Germany (58%) and the Netherlands (57%).

Housing among top worries with Moroccan migrants

The survey was based on a sample size of 1,433 Moroccan youths between the ages of 18 and 35 residing in six European countries: France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. While many cited facing similar problems in various countries, there were variations from country to country, the research found.

In the Netherlands, 83% of those polled said they had a hard time finding employment, while in Italy 57% made similar statements. Meanwhile, 65% of those surveyed in Italy said they could not secure a bank loan.

According to the data, young Moroccan immigrants found it harder to find housing in Germany (69%) and Italy (63%) among the six European countries.

'Discrimination' against Moroccan youths

The secretary general of the Council of the Moroccan Community living abroad (CCME), Abdellah Boussouf, urged Moroccan authorities to draw attention to leaders in those European countries to highlight the "different forms of discrimination" young Moroccans suffer in their host countries. He urged European governments to "protect minorities and to respect the principle of equal opportunities for all members of society."

He also called on Moroccans worldwide to get involved by strengthening "their presence within NGOs defending the rights of minorities."


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