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Time, Migration and Forced ImmobilitySub-Saharan African Migrants in Morocco$
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Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201970

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201970.001.0001

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Migrant Communities in Morocco

Migrant Communities in Morocco

(p.107) 6 Migrant Communities in Morocco
Time, Migration and Forced Immobility

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This chapter shifts the view from how migrants see their own life to how they view each other. The chapter explores the contradictory community relations between migrants in Morocco by looking at moments of reciprocity and mutual help on the one hand, and exploitation on the other. I discuss how migrants’ relation to mobility, place and time conditions these dynamics. The data in the chapter shows that even though migrants are actually living in conditions very similar to what Agamben (1998) would term “the bare life”, it would be wrong to conclude that this prevents them from having any meaningful social and community life and therefore no basis for political agency. However, the analysis of the ethnographic material shows that migrants’ community life is characterized by activities which are mostly based on self-interest rather than on the desire to promote a common community goal.

Keywords:   Migrant communities, Social capital, Solidarity, Self-interest

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