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More than 26,000 foreigners work in Morocco

The number of foreign workers in Morocco last year stood at 26,283, of which 31.4% are women and 69.6% men, against 24,684 in 2016 and 23,055 in 2015, according to a recent report of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE).

According to the distribution of immigrant workers by nationality, the French come in first with 5,346, followed by Senegalese (4,958), Spanish (2,722), Tunisians (964), then Filipinos (905), Ivorians ( 899), Algerians (770), Americans (667), Turks (664) and Chinese (628).

The report added that the services sector attracts the largest number of migrants with 9,578, followed by trade (3,779), processing (2,689) and construction (2,410), then whereas those of agriculture, forestry and sea fishing employ only 354 migrant workers.

Regarding the distribution of migrant workers, 10,138 immigrants receive a monthly salary higher than 10,000 dirhams, 3,621 migrants between 6,000 and 10,000 dirhams, while 3,193 receive between 3,000 and 4,000 dirhams, while 166 receive a salary ranging from 500 to 1,000 dirhams. In total, some 843 foreign workers have a monthly salary of less than 1,813 dirhams.

The report, which is based on data from the Ministry of Employment and Occupational Integration, indicates that most of the migrant workers living in Morocco are senior managers, of whom 1,300 are managers and more than 800 positions of responsibility, followed by engineers, executives, consultants, technicians and animators.

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