Local Governance, Civil Society and Migrants’ Support to Local Development: Perspectives from Morocco

  • Lorena Gazzotti
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter explores the relations between migrant-supported local development and local governance in Morocco. In the last 50 years, the stability of the country has highly benefitted from migrants’ economic contribution. Furthermore, since the 1980s Moroccan migrants’ associations have been extremely active in the development of their origin communities. However, the effectiveness of migrants’ contribution to local development is challenged by the scarce decentralised structure of Moroccan administration, which grants poor decisional and financial autonomy to subnational governments in all fields, including migration development and migration management. The analysis of the three major migration-related institutions (the Ministry for Moroccans residing abroad, the Hassan II Foundation and Bank al Amal) confirms the poor involvement of local authorities in migration affairs. This contribution aims to highlight this framework in the perspective of Local Economic Development.


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  • Lorena Gazzotti
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  1. 1.Centre of Development Studies (POLIS)University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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