Living in Morocco
Last updated on Feb 04, 2023
Summary: People describe life in Morocco as vibrant, diverse, and full of culture. Expats love the warm climate, the friendly people, the delicious food, and the unique architecture. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 per month. The approximate population of Morocco is 36 million, and the largest cities are Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Fes, and Tangier. The cons of living in Morocco include the lack of infrastructure, the language barrier, and the limited job opportunities.
What do I need to know about living in Morocco?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Morocco, they said:
"Before retiring in Morocco, you should research the cost of living, the local culture, and the healthcare system. It is important to understand the country's politics, laws and regulations to ensure that they are in line with your expectations, and to find out what visas, residency permits, and other documents are needed to stay in Morocco long-term. Finding a place to live is also an important consideration when retiring in Morocco, as the housing market can vary significantly across the country. In addition, having a sufficient amount of money to support yourself after retirement is essential; established pension plans and investments are a wise way to sustain a comfortable lifestyle. Lastly, you should look into the local transportation options to ensure you can easily travel around the country," remarked another expat living in Morocco.
How do I meet people in Morocco?
When we asked people living in Morocco about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"You can meet people in Morocco by attending events such as music festivals or workshops, joining local clubs and organizations, socializing with locals at cafes and restaurants, connecting with other travelers, and participating in outdoor activities. Additionally, you can use online platforms such as Expat Focus, InterNations, and Meetup to search for groups and individuals in Morocco and connect with them," said another expat in Morocco.
What is life like in Morocco?
When we asked people living in Morocco what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Life as an expat in this area can be a great adventure! Many expats enjoy exploring new places and taking part in local cultural activities. Healthcare, transportation, and communication infrastructure are generally good, which makes life as an expat comfortable and easy. There are plenty of neighbourhood-level amenities such as convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants and other service options. The cost of living can range from low to high, depending on the area you live in. The people here are typically friendly and welcoming towards expats, so it is easy to make friends and build a community. It is also relatively easy to access local entertainment and attractions. Outdoor activities and cultural events can usually be enjoyed all year round. Furthermore, there is a thriving expat community which creates an ideal environment where professionals and entrepreneurs can learn, connect and develop new opportunities," added another expat in Morocco.
Is there a lot of crime in Morocco?
We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:
"Crime does exist in Morocco, however it is generally considered a relatively safe country. Morocco has one of the lowest crime rates of all the countries in North Africa, and is ranked lower than many developed countries. The majority of reported cases are non-violent and property-related, such as pickpocketing or burglary. Violent crime, such as assault and armed robbery, is relatively rare; however, it should still be taken seriously and measures should be taken to protect oneself and belongings," remarked another expat who made the move to Morocco.
"Very safe. Pickpockets are around, but have never had a problem. Nothing like Barcelona," explained one expat living in Rabat, Morocco.
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Morocco accepting of differences?
"Morocco is a culturally diverse country and is known for its hospitality to visitors from all walks of life. Morocco's population is made up of an array of ethnicities, languages, and religions, including Arab and Amazigh, French and Spanish, Muslim and non-Muslim. The country is generally accepting of differences, and people of different backgrounds tend to coexist harmoniously. The Moroccan constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and cultural exchanges happen within communities and between Moroccans and people of other nationalities," remarked another expat who made the move to Morocco.
"As a black American I have never disrespected but I know no one outside of my wife. I do not speak either Arabic or French so I'm unable to have any conversations with anyone outside of my wife. I have not seen any other American living in Al Hocemia. But I'm still hoping to meet other people and hopefully some Americans," explained one expat living in Al Hocemia , Morocco.
What are the schools in Morocco like?
"Schools in Morocco vary in quality and curriculum, depending on location and type of school. Most schools are publicly funded and are divided into two categories: French-speaking and Arabic-speaking schools. French schools offer instruction in French or English and have an emphasis on French culture and history. Arabic schools teach in Arabic and emphasize Islamic studies, such as the Quran and Hadith. Many schools also offer bilingual education and additional classes in modern science and technology. Education is compulsory for children aged seven to fifteen, and enrollment has dramatically increased over the past decade due to the Moroccan government's investments," commented one expat when asked about in Morocco.
"This school has fantastic academics... students are often 1-2 years ahead when they repatriate home," remarked another expat living in Fez with children attending American School Fes (Amicitia).
Is the cost of living in Morocco high?
We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Morocco, they wrote:
"The cost of living in Morocco is generally considered to be lower than in other countries in Europe and North America. However, it can be more expensive than its neighboring North African countries. The prices of basic commodities, housing and health services are generally lower than those of other countries, and the cost of living can vary greatly depending on the city and its amenities," said another expat in Morocco.
"I live very carefully, don't drink, don't smoke, so can't answer for anyone else. It depends on lifestyle. My favorites are enjoying the ocean, and a Moroccan mint tea. It also depends on what kind of neighborhood you choose," added another expat who made the move to Rabat.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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