Emigrate to Morocco

⇒ Morocco culture

⇒ Climate

⇒ Language

⇒ School system of Morocco

⇒ Health care system

⇒ Vaccinations and medical certificates

⇒ Tax system

⇒ Economy

⇒ Prices by index

⇒ Real estate

⇒ Company foundation

⇒ Visa

⇒ Safety

Morocco culture

The culture of Morocco is rich and diverse and has its roots in a mixture of Arab, Berber, African and European influences. The people of Morocco are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. Traditional Moroccan cuisine is also famous and includes a variety of dishes, including couscous, tajine and harira.
Music and dance are important aspects of Moroccan culture, and there are a variety of traditional instruments such as the oud, the qanun, and the darbuka. The arts and crafts in Morocco are also well known, especially pottery, weaving and leather and copper crafts.
Religion also plays an important role in the culture of Morocco, as the majority of the population is Muslim. Mosques can be found in many cities, and there is also a strong Sufi tradition in Morocco. Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, is an important time in the Moroccan calendar and is respected by many people in the country.

Climate

Morocco has a subtropical climate with Mediterranean and desert regions. In general, the climate in Morocco is warm and dry. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees Celsius in some regions. Winters are mild, but at higher elevations it can get cold and snow can fall. In the coastal regions, the climate is milder, with cool breezes that provide refreshment in summer. In the desert regions, such as the Sahara in the south, the days are very hot, while at night it can get very cold

Language

Several languages are spoken in Morocco. The official languages are Arabic and Berber (Tamazight). French is also used as a lingua franca. English is often spoken in the tourist areas.

School system of Morocco

For emigrating to Morocco with the family, the school system obviously plays a major role:
The school system in Morocco is divided into several levels. Elementary school (école primaire) lasts six years and is for children between the ages of 6 and 12. This is followed by secondary school (collège), which lasts three years and is for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Afterwards, students can choose to attend the general upper secondary school (lycée) or pursue vocational training. The general upper secondary school lasts three years and prepares students for study at a university or college. Vocational training lasts between one and three years, depending on which profession you want to learn.
The education system in Morocco is highly centralized and state-controlled. The curriculum is set by the government, and most schools are state-funded. However, there are also private schools operated by religious or non-profit organizations. Classes are held in Arabic, but there are also schools that teach in French or English.

Healthcare system

Morocco has both public and private health care facilities. Public health facilities are often overburdened and have limited resources, especially in rural areas. Private facilities tend to be more expensive, but often offer better quality and shorter wait times. It is recommended to take out travel medical insurance before traveling to Morocco to ensure that you receive adequate medical care in case of illness

Vaccinations and medical certificates

For emigration to Morocco as a German, some vaccinations and medical certificates are required. It is recommended to consult a doctor before entering the country to find out which vaccinations are necessary. In general, however, the following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid. A medical certificate confirming that the traveler is free of contagious diseases may also be required.

Tax system

Morocco has a progressive tax system based on the level of income. Income tax in Morocco is calculated in different brackets and goes up to 42% for higher incomes. There is also a value added tax (TVA) of currently 20%, which is levied on many goods and services. Companies also have to pay taxes on their profits.
There are certain tax benefits for foreign workers, such as reduced income tax for the first five years of residence. However, it is important to check with the tax authorities about the exact tax rules and obligations in order not to have unexpected problems.

Economy

Morocco has an emerging economy and is one of the largest economies in North Africa. The country is rich in natural resources, including phosphate, oil and gas, and has diverse industries ranging from mining and fishing to textiles and electronics. The tourism sector is also an important industry in Morocco, attracting millions of tourists every year. The government of Morocco has implemented extensive economic reforms in recent years to improve the investment climate and promote economic growth.

Prices by index

Since prices can change quickly even in Morocco, we refer here to the Cost of Living website. On this website, the information is updated so that you are always up to date.

Real Estate

As a foreigner, you can buy or rent real estate in Morocco. However, there are certain restrictions on the acquisition of land in Morocco by foreigners. For example, according to Moroccan law, foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land or real estate located near military installations or on the border with another country. It is therefore advisable to be well informed about the applicable regulations and restrictions before buying real estate in Morocco.

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Company foundation

It is possible to start a business in Morocco as a foreigner. However, there are some specifics and limitations to consider.

First of all, it is important to note that there are some industries in Morocco in which foreigners are not allowed to operate or require a special permit. These include, for example, mining, fishing, agriculture and transportation. It is therefore advisable to obtain information from the relevant authorities in advance.

To start a business in Morocco, one must apply to the business management authority (Centre Régional d’Investissement, CRI) and go through a series of steps. These include applying for a business formation permit, registering the business with the Chamber of Commerce and applying for a tax number.

It is advisable to seek the assistance of a lawyer or a specialized consulting firm when starting a business. The German-Moroccan Chamber of Industry and Commerce can also help with questions and problems.

Visa

There are several visa options for emigrating to Morocco, depending on the purpose of the stay and the planned duration. Here are some of the most common visa types:

  1. Tourist visa: The tourist visa is issued for a temporary stay of up to 90 days and can be extended. It can be applied for at the Moroccan embassy or consulate in the home country.
  2. Business Visa: The Business Visa is issued to business travelers and entrepreneurs who wish to stay in Morocco for a limited period of time to conduct business activities. It can be issued for a period of up to 90 days and can also be extended.
  3. Work Visa: The work visa is issued to foreigners who wish to work in Morocco. There are different types of work visas, such as the short-term work visa for a stay of up to 90 days, the long-term work visa for a stay of more than 90 days, and the seasonal work visa for seasonal workers.
  4. Student Visa: The Student Visa is issued to foreign students who wish to study in Morocco. It can be issued for a period of up to one year and can be renewed.

It is advisable to find out in advance about the different types of visas and the requirements for applying to avoid problems when entering the country.

Security in the country

Morocco is generally considered a relatively safe country in North Africa, especially compared to some of its neighboring countries. Crime rates are generally low, especially in tourist areas such as Marrakech, Fez and Casablanca. However, there are some areas in rural or remote regions that may be affected by unrest or social tension from time to time. In addition, there is always some risk of terrorist activity in Morocco. It is therefore advisable to find out about the current safety conditions in the country before traveling and, if necessary, to follow the recommendations of the local authorities. We refer here to the security advice of the German Foreign Office: Security advice Morocco.

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