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In the early years of the 21st Century

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Morocco experiences a diverse range of weather conditions due to its varied geography. It’s weather varies by region with inland and southern regions experiencing the more extreme climates.adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Morocco

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

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[accessed 4 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - has capitalized on its proximity to Europe and relatively low labor costs to work towards building a diverse, open, market-oriented economy; has increased investment in its port, transportation, and industrial infrastructure

GDP - per capita (PPP): $8,600 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 39.1%

industry: 20.3%

services: 40.5% (2014 est.)

Unemployment rate: 10.2% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 15% (2007 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 70 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 18.2 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 91% of population

Physicians density: 0.73 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 92.2% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Morocco

[accessed 21 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Spain intensifies the deportations of migrants back to Morocco

Tancrede Chambraud with Agence France-Presse AFP, 21 May 2021

[accessed 21 May 2021]

Spain said on Thursday it had already managed to deport some 6,000 people back to Morocco.

Most of those who entered into the spanish enclave of Ceuta were young men and teenagers, who said they were willing to do anything to escape unemployment, poverty, and hunger in Morocco.

Since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, living conditions have severely affected in the North African country.

The World Bank in Morocco

[accessed 21 April 2021]

The Country Partnership Framework for Morocco (2019 to 2024) has the overarching goal of contributing to social cohesion by improving the conditions for growth and job creation and reducing social and territorial disparities.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 21 February 2021]

The major resources of the Moroccan economy are agriculture, phosphates, and tourism. Sales of fish and seafood are important as well. Industry and mining contribute about one-third of the annual GDP.

The high cost of imports, especially of petroleum imports, is a major problem. Another chronic problem is unreliable rainfall, which produces drought or sudden floods.

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