• WHERE: Beni Mellal-Khenifra Region,  Rabat-Salé-Kenitra Region and East Region (counties of  Beni Mellal, Khouribga, Rabat-Salé and Oujda), Morocco
  • PERIOD: 36 months from March 2017 to February 2020
  • BENEFICIARIES: 500 coming back migrants and/or families, 600 Subsaharan migrants, 300 teachers and socio-educational instructors and 3000 students, 400 leaders from civil society, 5000 people half women from the suburbs (half women)
  • DONORS AICS - Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • PARTNERS: CEFA, Fondo Provinciale Milanese per la Cooperazione Internazionale, MAG Verona, University of Bologna (Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, U.O.S. di Forlì), Islamic Relief Italia, University of Beni Mellal, (Facoltà di Lettere e Scienze Umane), ANOLF Piemonte, AMAPPE (Associazione Marocchina d’Appoggio alla Promozione della Piccola Impresa), AIDECA (Associazione al Intilaka per lo Sviluppo, l’Ambiente e la Cultura)

Original title: Je suis migrant: promotion of social, economic and cultural integration among coming back and subsaharan migrants in the destination communities in Morocco 


The context

After being for years a land of emigration, and a transit country for the migrants coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, Morocco has recently become a country of allocation and a migratory pole of attraction. In the last years increased the number of Moroccan coming back migrants due to the European economic crisis. Coming back migrants, Subsaharan and the youth from the suburbs between 15 and 29 years old, they are  often under the circumstances of severe social and economic exclusion, so that they become  extremely vulnerable. The areas of the project intervention, especially the plains of Tadla Azilal, between Khouribga and Beni Meal, are very popular, because they are origin places of numerous young people that went to fight for the Daesh. On the contrary, in the counties of Rabat-Salé and in the North-East region, there is a strong presence of Subsaharan migrants who get to Morocco across Algeria.


Our objective

In this context, the project named Je suis Migrant aims to reduce social, cultural and economic exclusion of migrants, including coming back Moroccans and Subsaharans and the most vulnerable groups with particular attention to the young  and women. Specifically with this project in the four areas of intervention, we are creating some models of local inclusive development in order to promote the integration of projects beneficiaries and to prevent all forms of radicalisation.


Our intervention

With the intention to achieve these goals, Je suis Migrant develops a number of activities that can be divided in 3 principal axes:

  • Training and sensitisation. The trainings are addressed to civil society actors, representatives of local associations and high school teachers, in order to give them the instruments required to aware the Moroccan young, Subsaharan migrants and coming back migrants. Training is structured in different modules which deal with the following themes: radicalism prevention, socio-cultural integration, digital communication, intercultural animation and the management of conflict. This axis also includes the experimentation of an educational program in schools and outside.
  • Realisation of micro-projects.  It is about social micro-projects for preventing  juvenile radicalisation, promoting tolerance and the respect of human rights that the local associations, involved in the trainings mentioned above, can realise thanks to a cascading funding. The subsidy will be granted from CEFA to the  selected OSC.
  • Cooperatives creation.  The beneficiaries are migrants in the broadest sense of the word, with a particular attention to Moroccan coming back migrants and Subsaharan in precarious conditions and with legal residence permit, as well as the young and Moroccan vulnerable women and therefore at risk of social exclusion.