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Economic crisis: young French graduates try their luck in Morocco

High unemployment, economic crisis, rampant gloom and doom...More and more French graduates are leaving their homeland behind to try their luck Morocco. Our reporter spent some time with these young people, who have emigrated in search of a better life on the other side of the Mediterranean.

For several years now, Morocco has been a popular destination for French nationals. Today, approximately 55,000 of them live in the North African kingdom. While pensioners are discovering a better, cheaper life with year-round sunshine, young graduates eye career opportunities.

Young people looking for work are attracted by the economic vitality of Morocco. They have decided to try their luck outside of France, before or after gaining professional experience. The economic crisis, unemployment and the high cost of living at home are all factors that pushed them to become expatriates in a French-speaking country less than a three-hour flight from Paris.

Audrey, Aurore and Kevin have all moved to areas in Morocco where foreigners are in demand. A landscape gardener, an architect and an entrepreneur, they are gradually discovering the reality of Moroccan life. They know they are living in a traditional-yet-modern Muslim country. All of them have managed to find work and thereby boast a confidence that employers in Europe can no longer give them.

By Rim MATHLOUTI , Jean-Marie LEMAIRE

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