Introduction to Migration and the Maghreb

Originally posted May 2010

The nine essays gathered in this volume cover a wide range of migration issues related to the Maghreb countries: the intensification and diversification of migration from the Maghreb to Europe; the increasingly restrictive European policies and some of the consequences they have wrought; the public policy failures of sending and receiving countries alike to address the underlying social development challenges associated with migration from the Maghreb to Europe; the crushing disappointment and hardships faced by unaccompanied minors seeking to migrate; the manner in which gender relations have shaped women’s decisions to migrate and the reasons why women have suffered more and benefited less from the migration experience; the social tension and politicization of migration-related issues in France, which continues to wrestle with complex immigration and integration challenges; the nature and possible implications of the institutionalization of relations with emigrants in Europe that is chiefly the result of the Maghreb countries’ dependence on remittances; the risks and hazards faced by the growing number of irregular” migrants; and the emergence of Euro-Maghreb bilateral cooperation for the removal of unauthorized workers.

This collection, the last in the series exploring Migration and the Arab World, concludes the initial stage of the Middle East Institute’s "Crossing Borders" project. The project next examines The Internationalization of Higher Education and the Middle East, beginning with the publication in July 2010 of a collection of essays on Serving the Knowledge-Based Economy.