CASE STUDY: Business and Employment Support for Migrants and Communities in Morocco
Related Sustainable Development Goals and Global Compact for Migration Objectives
Marie is originally from Senegal, but now lives in a coastal town in the northern region of Morocco called Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima. The region is known for its magnificent ocean views and dynamic, growing economy. Despite her experience as a shop owner in Dakar and her official legal registration in Morocco, she was unable to find work. Most employers aren't sure what the legal procedure is for hiring migrants, and she doesn't know how to set up her own shop.
Many migrants and Moroccans from this region are looking for work or want to set up their own business. How do local community organisations like ES.Maroc.org create an environment in which Marie and other entrepreneurs can develop their activities? How does individual support for local small businesses and jobseekers, whatever their background, generate success for the local community as a whole? How could another community set up something similar?
Read the new case study to find out how communities can develop inclusive economic and employment solutions. The case study gives seven tips from putting this approach into practice, including: building entrepreneurial confidence, tailoring services to different types of people and skills, providing long-term individual support over several years, and putting in place national policies that open up employment and business opportunities for migrants. Practitioners can learn how to strengthen similar programmes to ensure that everyone has the opportunity - and support - to follow their passion, to create stronger economies that help their neighbourhoods prosper.
These activities are carried out as part of the joint IOM-UNDP Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development (M4SD) global programme, which supports Moroccan civil society, national and local governments, the private sector and the diaspora to implement community-based solutions that empower migrants and displaced people and create inclusive opportunities for all. ES.Maroc.org is a local community organisation that helps Moroccans and migrants like Marie to create and develop their own business or find a job. Decent work for all is not only a necessary foundation for personal success, it is also essential for communities to thrive (Sustainable Development Goal 8).