THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
IFI, in collaboration with the International Human Rights Clinic at the Boston University School of Law, and the IFI-based Research and Advocacy Network on Statelessness (RANS) in the MENA, held a webinar on “Citizenship, Nationality and Stateless Issues in Morocco” on April 12. The webinar shared findings from Boston University’s International Human Rights Clinic’s Morocco team, based on their current research including access to nationality for children; gender discrimination in conferring nationality; and specific challenges faced by refugee and migrant populations in obtaining or retaining nationality or citizenship in Morocco.
This project started in 2017 using Lebanon as a first case study with the Syrian and Palestinian refugees, aimed at exploring the barriers to citizenship. The main barriers included discrimination and nationality laws. There are big differences in nationality and citizenship laws across the MENA region. Morocco and Tunisia amended their laws to attain gender equality, but gaps remain. The law in Morocco is not being applied properly, but local authorities are working with civil society to improve implementation.
Visit the Research and Advocacy Network on Statelessness (RANS) in the MENA Region platform website for more on statelessness and related issues in the region.