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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Approximately 50,000 foreigners, including 28,000 French.
They are particularly concentrated in Casablanca and Rabat, as well as in old districts of historical cities, Marrakech in particular, and on the coasts. One finds an important community of pensioners.
Blogs For Expats
Allo Expat
Expat Focus
For Further Information
Immigration Authority
Department of Foreigners of the Commission of the Province
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Bailly moving

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Rabat is the 168th most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer Index 2016.
Quality of Life
Mercer's 2017 Quality of Living Survey ranks Rabat 117th out of 231.
Sanitary Conditions
In the big cities, health infrastructures are acceptable, but automobile pollution is significant. Moreover, Morocco suffers from a serious problem of water supply (water unfit for consumption) and drainage.
For Further Information
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings –Survey - Mercer
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings –Survey - Mercer

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Renting an Apartment

Description of apartments
Apartments are mostly spacious and modern.
Advertisements generally indicate the area, living room and the number of rooms and whether the kitchen is furnished or not.
Normal Lease Term
Term of the lease is 3 years minimum for a vacant apartment.
No rules for a furnished apartment.
Rental Costs
All depends on the type of location.
Price is sometimes negotiable.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Agencies often offer service of western standards and provide you some security, individuals generally resorting to illegal means.
Rental Agency Websites
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Atlas Immobilier
Morocco Advertisements (in French)
Advertising in Morocco
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
One can stay with a family, but in touristic spots, prudence must prevail.
For Further Information

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School System

School Level
The system is derived from the French system. Primary education (from 6 to 10 years) in Arabic is supplemented by a secondary education in the school (10-14 years) and secondary school (15-18 years) leading to the A levels. Then one can enter the university where French is dominating in majority of the matters. ;
Strong disparities are observed between the teaching level in the cities and in the countryside.
International Schools
An important network of French schools (called "Missions") from the kindergarten to the final year. Spanish schools have developed. Finally, 2 American schools (Casablanca and Rabat) offer many departments.
For Further Information
Department of Education
American Schools, on the CAS site

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Hospitals in big cities are decent, though certain specialties are not always available.
On the other hand, in the rural areas, the quality and quantity of health infrastructures are problematical.
International Hospitals
There are relatively few international hospitals.
Nevertheless, one can go to the Cheikh Zaid International Hospital in Rabat and the Ifrane International Hospital.
Health Insurance
Morocco has just set up a system of obligatory health insurance (AMO) for the salaried employees, government officials, students and pensioners, as well as a cover for those who need it most - the medical assistance plan (RAMED).
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
The salaried employees can affiliate to the Moroccan social security system.
Health System Insurance Body
Health Insurance National Agency (ANAM)
Health Ministry
Health Ministry

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

There are many sites in Morocco that are UNESCO Heritage listed.
The archaeological site of Volubilis was once an ancient Roman town. Its closest city is Meknes, near Fez and Rabat.
Chefchaouen is the well-known city of blue-washed homes: it is also a major place to buy local handicrafts, such as wool garments and woven blankets.
Aït Benhaddou is an ancient fortified city of Ouarzazate along the historic caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara desert.
Jemma El-Fnaa in Marrakech is a giant square where you can find musicians, artists and dancers all in one place.
In Fez, the Medina is a UNESCO Heritage Site where you can find a maze of souks with stalls that have been owned by families for generations.
One can appreciate the time-honoured works of tanner artisans in Tétouan. In a more modern range, there are the Arab-Andalusian and Berber musical concerts, the Villa of Arts in Casablanca and the Majorelle Villa at Marrakech.
There are an impressive variety of countrysides in Morocco, including the forests of the Rif, plains lined with orchards, the Middle-Atlas, mountain tops of the High-Atlas, as well as rock and sand deserts to the South.
Morocco has many spiritual sites to visit. While mainly an Islamic country, it is tolerant of all religions.
The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is one of the biggest in the world and is famous for its Moroccan architecture.
As of now there are only 2 important sites, Moulay Yaacoub and Sidi Harazem near Fès, but the sector is being fully developed.
Visitors to Morocco are spoilt for choice, as they can choose between both the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline. Along the Atlantic coastline popular seaside towns include Taghazout and Mazagan, which are popular with surfers. Also, Agadir beach is world-renowned for its sandy coastline, which is kilometers long.
Mediterranean beaches, such as Tétouan and Al Hoceima, are particularly popular.
Winter Sports
Alpine skiing and ski-tourism are practiced during winter in the High-Atlas mountains, mainly in the Oukaïmeden and Toubkal mountains, which are close to Marrakech.
Outdoor Activities
There is a wide variety of sports available depending on the area visited. There is mountain sports (trekking, ski, rafting), sea sports (sailing, jet-ski, water-skiing), golf and parachuting, etc.
Morocco is well-known for its markets. The souks of big cities offer plenty of shopping opportunities. Visitors should also be on the look-out for items from the Moroccan craft industry, isuch carpets, leather-made goods, and pottery, as well as argan, which oil is a product that originates from Morocco and is highly sought-after for its numerous virtues.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Provided. The king retains majority of the powers.
Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 136/180
Free Access to the Internet
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Guaranteed, even if anti-terrorism fight justifies certain exceptions.
Women's Condition
Their legal status has improved.
For Further Information
Moroccan Association of Human Rights
International Federation of Human Rights
Freedom House

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Degree of Freedom
Provided, but proselytism and conversion of Muslims is forbidden.
Islam is the state religion, practiced by almost the entire population, but freedom of religion exists. 90% of Moroccans are Sunnis by faith, of the Malikian rite.
The day is punctuated by five prayer calls. During the month of Ramadan, the Moroccans fast, do not drink and smoke from sunrise to sunset.
Role of Religion in Society
Significant, though the Malikian rite is relatively non rigid.

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