Slightly less than half of migrants in Morocco (48%) have a professional activity, reveals a survey conducted by the High Planning Commission (HCP) during the first quarter of this year.

The share of employed workers is significantly higher among men (53.8%) than among women (39.7%), HCP points out in a note on the results of the 2021 national survey on forced migration, which covered a sample of 3,000 migrants including 800 refugees or asylum seekers.

The proportion of active workers is higher among Senegalese with 73.9%, followed by Ivorians (59.6%), Syrians (48.3%), Guineans (45.5%) and nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo (45.2%). It records, however, its lowest levels among Cameroonians (36.1%), Malians (29%), Central Africans (20.8%) and Yemenis (12.9%). More than a quarter of migrants in Morocco (27.4%) are unemployed, with a share of 29.6% among men and 24.3% among women.

The share of unemployed people reaches 30.7% among young people aged 15 to 29 against 25.9% among those aged 30-44 and 23.2% among those aged 45-59. The share of unemployed people is higher among Malians (52.8%), Cameroonians (49%), nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo (38.8%) and Central Africans (36.5%). It is significantly lower especially among Syrians with 15% and Senegalese (16.8%).